Things Turned Bitter For Arsene Wenger At Villa Park

viagra geneva;”>Towards the end of a game that did little to warm the hearts of those who had braved the elements, the Arsenal manager withdrew Olivier Giroud, replaced him with Francis Coquelin and then was subjected to a chorus of boos and chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” from the travelling supporters.

It was a very hard to handle situation for Wenger, and although there were moments of humor when the subject was brought up in his press conference, at other times the Frenchman seemed confused.

He defended his decision to leave Jack Wilshere on the bench throughout. Arsenal fans sang the Wilshere’s name at one point in the second half and made it clear that he felt a manager with his experience should not have to explain his substitutions.

“I don’t comment anything about that,” Wenger said, when asked about the buoying he received from the Arsenal fans. “I do my job and I give my best for the team and for the club and I let you the media judge. Intelligence seems to go a bit more here than anywhere else and I try to be as good as I can be.”

Asked whether the chants hurt, Wenger said: “No. Look, I have managed for 30 years at the top level, if I have to convince you that I can manage a team, it would be an insult to you. You can discuss every substitution. I do my job and I let you and other people judge it. And I do that every game and give my best every day and before I make decisions I know why I do them. I will not explain every decision I make.”

Wenger did, however, say that he wanted to give Wilshere “a breather” and explained that he thought it was “more dangerous in weather like that to bring a player on when he’s tired”. Wilshere, in truth, must have been grateful to give this one a miss. With surface water spraying up on the pitch, rain hammering down from start to finish, the conditions were never going to be conducive to free-flowing football.

Aaron Ramsey saw his close-range effort saved by Brad Guzan and Santi Cazorla thrashed narrowly wide. But the best chance fell to Laurent Koscielny, who kicked the ball over the bar from a close range. It was that sort of day for Arsenal.

“We lacked a little bit of sharpness in the final third,” Wenger said. “I think physically we were a bit jaded.”


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