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Arsène Wenger and Arsenal Players in Clear-The-Air Talks After Drubbing: Nightly Soccer Report

arsene wenger1 Arsène Wenger and Arsenal Players in Clear The Air Talks After Drubbing: Nightly Soccer Report

It’s been a difficult weekend for Arsenal players, fans and the manager. After Saturday’s embarrassing performance against Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger uncharacteristically failed to turn up for his post-match press conference. And the club announced that Wenger wouldn’t be doing a pre-match press conference for Tuesday’s match against Swansea either.

Earlier today, Arsenal fans were worried about Wenger and how the manager would cope with the 6-0 loss. But the good news for Gunners fans is that Wenger and the players had clear-the-air talks at their training ground Sunday to begin the healing process.

In one of the few interviews Wenger gave after the game on Saturday (but not to the press), he said:

“It leaves it in a very bad situation. But we want to respond. When you don’t turn up in a game of that stature, nobody takes it easy. We have to win the next game and focus on that, to give a strong response. It is going to be tough now, very, very tough, but we have to respond quickly because we are in a situation where, after such a disappointment, the next games become vital.

“We felt we prepared properly with the intensity we did but we did not turn up for our game of the season, so it is puzzling. We were never even in it. After 20 minutes it was game over and it became a long afternoon, a long, dramatic, dreadful afternoon. We were shocked and knocked down. The team is healthy and willing but still the way it happened … we have to think deeply about it because it’s not the first time. You could blame and blame but it does not help. What is important now is we show we have the capacity to respond.”

Wenger will expect Arsenal to make a statement on Tuesday night by beating Swansea. As a Swansea supporter, I’m not looking forward to it.

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8 Responses to Arsène Wenger and Arsenal Players in Clear-The-Air Talks After Drubbing: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Bergkamp_10 says:

    It’s quite clear now. Wenger has done all he can. Arsenal need new faces at the top of the food chain. They need a visionary to take them forward, one who will combine flair and tactics along with the fighting attitude that is much needed. Wenger’s tactics are clearly outdated and is insane. Just try the same and hope for a result. This has got to end now.

    • Cody (#2) says:

      I don’t think his tactics are insane. Outdated, maybe, although he has been praised for being tactically superior in some big games over the past few years.

      The one thing that has passed him by, several years ago, is the evolution of the transfer market. He is stuck in the late 90s as far as valuation goes, and spending habits.

      I also think injuries have probably kept this team from being at their best this year. As an Arsenal fan, I don’t expect to beat City or Chelsea, but I also don’t expect to drop points against teams like Villa, West Brom, & Stoke.

      • Bergkamp_10 says:

        Tell me a game where Wenger has gone with a different structure than the 4-2-3-1? It’s always the same with him. And his substitutions are always at the same point in every game. Of this is not insane, then I don’t know what is. He adheres to his footballing principles, but if its not working, he doesn’t change. That is insane.

        • Cody (#2) says:

          Just because the pre-game show flashes up a graphic of a 4231 before every match doesn’t mean that’s what we are playing.

          The last time I remember playing a true 4231 was against Everton in the FA cup. I’d argue that we actually played more of a 433 against Chelsea.

          • Bergkamp_10 says:

            He’s always got a lone striker up front. 4-3-3 is just a false 4-2-3-1 make up, smoke screen if you will. His tactics however, are the same.

          • Cody (#2) says:

            So what do you want? 2 strikers?

  2. Frill Artist says:

    I actually feel bad for the poor guy.

  3. Gerry says:

    This is a very big week for Arsenal. If they beat Swansea and Cty suddenly all the criticism about Wenger and the players will be gone. Both are home games where Arsenal have been very solid.

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