Arsenal news – Wenger: Nerves to blame, Wilshere praise, New contract offers

Wenger: Nerves to blame.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that fatigue and nerves were to blame for his side’s defeat to Birmingham City in the League Cup final on Sunday.

The Gunners six year trophy drought continues after Obafemi Martins gave the Blues the winner in 89 minutes after a defensive error from Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny and the north London side’s boss said it “hurts a lot” to see his side lose the cup final.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Wenger said: “The team has shown a great response from being one nil down.

“We had a good performance and it’s important we take a lot of pride in our attitude. But unfortunately we don’t take the trophy home and that hurts, a lot.”

He added: “It doesn’t just happen. You don’t practice hard to make mistakes, but what happened I put down to pressure, and as well to different communication, or maybe not enough communication.”

Wilshere praise.

Arsene Wenger has illustrated his confidence in Jack Wilshere, saying the youngster can handle the pressure that will be heaped on him because of his talent, according to a report on

Wilshere’s impressive performances for Arsenal this season has attracted a lot of media attention but the Gunners manager believes the 19-year-old midfielder can deal with the attention and high expectations that have been bestowed upon him.

Wenger said: “One of the things you need to handle in England is the media projection, the fame, the money – it’s all excessive.”

He continued: “Jack looks to have his feet on the ground and still lives with his family, who will help him to deal with it.

“It’s not easy and I’m not sure if it were me, being Jack at 19, I would be able to handle that.

“But he will have a great career. He looks to Cesc Fabregas, who is a definite role model for him.”

New contract offers.

Arsenal are set to offer six players who are out of contract at the end of the season new long term deals to keep his promising young side together, according to The Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger hopes to hold on to Samir Nasri, Andrei Arshavin, Ga

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