Arsene Wenger is furious with his squad following the Gunners’ first home defeat to bitter north London rivals Spurs in 17 years.
The usually cool-as-a-cucumber manager certainly lost his rag as he watched his side squander a seemingly unassailable two goal lead. The defeat is Arsenal’s second loss at the Emirates on the trot, and the third home loss this season.
According to the Daily Mail, Wenger said: “Three home defeats are three too many. What is worrying for me is that we had an opportunity to go top of the league, and when we have to deliver, we can’t. That’s worrying because that’s part of our job. We put ourselves in the right position and failed – we have to accept that. It is more a mental than a football thing. We were in a position to win the game and we didn’t win it and, of course, that is difficult to swallow. We couldn’t maintain the focus or the urgency for 90 minutes.”
Gunners confirm Miyaichi interest.
Arsenal are thought to be ready to confirm the signing of Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi, subject to the 17-year-old being granted a work permit.
Manager Arsene Wenger is known to be looking to tap into the Asian market, and Miyaichi is seen as a hot prospect for the future among those who have seen him play.
According to Sky Sports, Wenger said: “For us it’s very important that Asia is represented at our club. The problem we have in England is that we have difficulties to bring in the non-EU players. Before they are internationals it is very difficult, but we will try to bring him here.”
Record ticket prices.
Arsenal are likely to set a landmark when ticket prices for a normal matchday seat at the Emirates breaks the £100 barrier for the first time in English football history in January. The record-high prices will come as a result of the VAT increase to 20% on January 4.
The Mail Online reports that the club could choose to absorb the increase themselves and not pass the additional VAT on to the customer, but signs of this happening are yet to materialise – indicating that, for now at least, the club intends to pass on the additional cost.