It seems that the stress is getting to the Arsenal manager after the media response to our historic defeat to Olympiakos on Tuesday. It was obvious that he was once again going to be asked about his decision to play David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the crucial Champions League game, but he simply wasn’t prepared to answer it again and again.
“Stop that story or we stop the press conference,” Wenger ranted. “Do not come always back with that same story. I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment and you follow a bandwagon. It’s very boring.
“I don’t go along with that (criticism). If you have an interesting question I will answer but apart from that let’s not always come back to the same story. Come to the game on Sunday and you will see who’s in the goal.
“I think you have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. To come always with the same story.
“You can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal. He can make a mistake and you have to accept that.
“If you watched really the game and you come to the conclusion we lost because of Ospina I question your knowledge in football.”
Many TV pundits, including Ian Wright, had criticized Wenger’s decision, and Le Prof was pushed to respond to their scathing attacks.
“Because they lack a bit of creativity in their questions. They don’t analyse well.” Wenger retorted. “Honestly, not one came out and analysed well the game. One pundit says something on TV and all behind that repeat the same thing. It is quite boring.
“Nobody came out with numbers where the game was won or lost. It’s quite depressing to read that and hear that. But all just come to the same conclusion and haven’t watched what’s gone on on the pitch.
“We lost the game because we didn’t defend well. Yes the keeper made a mistake but we could still have won the game because of that.”
It is fair to say that it was NOT just Ospina’s fault that we lost the game, the whole team was at fault, but one just has to agree that Cech would have been the safer pair of hands with his Champions League experience.
But this conference was supposed to be about the Man United game, but it doesn’t seem there was any mention of the match in the whole 20 minutes (one of the shortest ever?). Let’s hope Cech doesn’t make a mistake on Sunday and gift United the game. I certainly wouldn’t look forward to the after match chat!