It was always going to be a difficult in tonight’s post game interview after Arsenal lost to Newcastle, and Arsene Wenger was probably clutching at straws when he was forced to go in front of the media after the game, and he tried to explain that the Europa League match on Thursday could have affected the result because of the fatigue from the journey.
Wenger knew that it was going to be a problem, but our main aim is the Europa League is our only hope of getting Champions League football next year, so despite our need to finish above Burnley for the Europa League guarantee, Wenger doesn’t seem to want that again next year.
It’s Champions League or nothing, and he has probably been given that ultimatum, but the Boss still probably doesn’t want to finish below Burnley because of the backlash if there is no Europa League trophy, but its not the main aim for the season.
Wenger made a few changes today and you would think by his words that Arsenal were far the better team, but they were simply too tired to take advantage of the possession they had today. “There’s a difference between the performance and the result because I felt we played very well in the first half especially and should have put the game to bed. In the second half I felt the team played with a good spirit but you could see that some players had played on Thursday night, especially late in the game.”
Yes we should have put the game to bed, but we didn’t!