Wenger hits back at Arsenal critics after Fulham win
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he only has the club’s best interests at heart after seeing the Gunners convincingly beat Fulham in the Premier League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Wenger had been criticised for his approach to transfers this summer as, despite reportedly having a large transfer kitty with which to work, the manager has yet to complete a major signing, raising the ire of a large section of supporters and drawing complaints from disgruntled fans.
The discontent peaked in Arsenal’s opening game of the season, a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa, but after beating Fenerbahce in midweek in a Champions League play-off and following that up with an away win Craven Cottage, Wenger believes the team is going in the right direction again, and stressed that he was never acting in his own interests.
“Someone told me I’ve had 956 games for Arsenal,” Wenger said. “I care about this club and when we had last week’s result I was deeply disappointed. This is not a personal trip. This is about doing things well for the club I love and I am happy we are back on track.
“Look, we lost one game since the beginning of March,” the long-serving manager added. “That’s why it was a shock. But we won in the Champions League at Bayern. We won at Fenerbahce. The media in general has brainwashed a little bit the Emirates [fans]. Maybe rightly so - I don’t know - because we haven’t won trophies for years everything is negative.”
Wenger did however add that the Arsenal recovery is fragile, claiming that the confidence in the team generated by the week’s two victories could be lost at any moment. “The confidence is fragile individually for all of us and that is multiplied by 11 in a team,” Wenger said. “Sometimes, you play 20 minutes well and a player makes one bad pass in a difficult area, and that can disturb a whole team for 20 minutes. It is that fragile.”
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