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Wenger: Injuries to blame for Arsenal title collapse

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 10 April 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the club would have been competing for the Premier League title but for the spate of injuries that afflicted his squad, ESPN has reported.

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners were top of the table only a few months ago but have since slipped to fourth, 10 points adrift of leaders Liverpool. The Reds hammered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in February at a point the London club still led the way.

Wenger believes losing the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey left his squad unable to sustain their title challenge. “I feel this season we lost key players at a big important moment of the season,” Wenger said.

“At the moment we have too many players out and it's important we get them back. We know that at this period of the season to have this number of players out is too many. Our main task [next summer] will be to keep the team together and think where did we go wrong,” Wenger continued.

“There are a lot of positives in our season as well, but we have dropped off when we lost our players at an important moment of the season. That is what we don't want to repeat.”

Having lost 3-0 to Everton on Sunday, Arsenal are in danger of missing out of next year’s Champions League. Should the Toffees beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday they would move two points clear of Arsenal with only a handful of games to play this season.

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By Okey (Abuja, Nigeria) on 10 April 2014 at 18:07

This is an idiotic thing to say by Arsene Wenger. You had little or no quality in key departments yet he kept penny-pinching. And to hear or read him blaming injuries is simply dishonest. Every year the same old rhyme. Of course, Wenger and the board smile over their fat bank balances. A vital segment of their key stakeholders, fans and enthusiasts suffer huge emotional disbalance. Wenger should cut out the crap of excuses. Any wonder loudmouthed man-child like his no-love-lost friend, moaning Mourinho label him "specialist in failure"....Perhaps he is. It is idiotic to perform same experiment with exact same materials and expect different results ....for nine years and counting

By UMOH EDEM EKWO on 10 April 2014 at 16:41

Our Wenger is a troubled man.His troubles stem from his consistent refusal to run a football club that competes with others instead of running a supermarket for sales of players. Remember how many stars he has sold in the last few years and remember how many he has bought. Remember the quality of those he has sold and the quality of those he has bought. Remember his last minute shipping habit to select the crumbs left by more serious minded managers. Remember when fans cried for him to buy a striker and how he stubbornly stuck with son Giroud. Remember his not so good but predictable tactics that has not allowed Arsenal to beat the big boys in the EPL.There are many negative things to remember about Wenger. He is now blaming injuries for his woes. Is injury restricted to Arsenal? Man U has been playing without RVP yet they still win matches.Man City has been playing without Aguero and they are still winning. Give Wenger another 10 years and things will be the same at Arsenal. He has done enough good for the club but so has he inflicted more damages especially in the last six years. We fans want him to go and I hope the board will see reason and not renew that contract even if he wins the FA cup.

By Bryan on 10 April 2014 at 15:58

Yes & that is why you go out & buy some players in January. You would of thought you would of learned that by now, a fact made even more ridiculous as we only had one proper striker. If you never learn that buying players strengthens your team but also gives it a massive boost.

By Franc Ole on 10 April 2014 at 15:55

He is shitting again, who trains those weak players, it is up to him to train players to be strong enough to rise to physical challenges. He should have reinforced the team in January transfer period. He went to pick on a disabled player in the name of Kim Kostrowhatever who has never played a single game. He has kept players like Diaby who have not added any value to the team. Why cry. Tell Wenger to stop being rude to the fans. Unless he has lost his mind.

By chido on 10 April 2014 at 15:21

He s not serious when other club are buying players were was him . its un acceptable from him to mention abot injuries as excuse. he should accept that he has fail again and main business as well or honorable walkaway.

By Goongoonergone on 10 April 2014 at 15:10

Wenger talking out of his arse-nal as usual while his own players blame his non-existent tactics. You couldn't make up this farce.





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