As usual, after Arsenal lose any game at all, we always get some commenters coming on here saying that it is all Wenger’s fault and he has to go. Well you may have been right if you had said that after our abysmal 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at the beginning of the season (as in ‘why are we never ready to start the season like other teams?’) but surely you cannot blame the boss for yesterday’s loss?
For starters Wenger picked the very best XI available to start the game, and we know he did because we saw this same XI destroy Tottenham and demolish Huddersfield in the last two weeks. We had kept three clean sheets in a row and all the fans were praising Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal as being a brilliant back three (which they are usually) but how can we account for the schoolboy errors committed by Koss The Boss and Mustafi? Whoever you can blame it is the individual players but not Wenger.
Some will blame Wenger for not motivating the players? Well I saw an Arsenal team that were extremely motivated and fought desperately to claw back the goals. They were running rings around the United defence and got themselves into loads of goalscoring positions, but simply couldn’t find the end result. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 shots on goal. If every single one is hit weakly or kicked straight at the goalkeeper then they are going to be easy to save. De Gea was highly praised for his performance but our strikers hardly made it hard for him. Is that Wenger’s fault that our very expensively acquired front line couldn’t aim to put the ball into the corner of the goal? I think not.
Did Wenger make the right substitutions? Yes he did! In the end we had every single available goalscorer on the pitch and they were all introduced at exactly the right time to counter Mourinho’s tactical changes. You would have thought that one of them could shoot straight.
Le Boss was absolutely right to be angry with his players at the end of the game, and so are we. But don’t come on here and say that Wenger was to blame for anything because it is simply not true…