The Arsenal boss has been hitting back in recent weeks and after being slaughtered for his tactical knowledge – or indeed lack of it – he has made it very clear that there has only been one manager responsible for Arsenal’s success and it has been him.
The Frenchman defiantly claimed: ‘I can do my job. I do my job with total commitment, I would like you to live with me and see for seven days what kind of work we produce and you will see that it is total commitment.’
He also made reference to the growing number of people who have questioned if he can compete with the likes of Jose Mourinho tactically and quipped: ‘I started to manage a team at the top level in 1983. If I am completely useless tactically, I am a genius. I can hide it very well.
‘Look, in the last 15 years we are qualified for the last 16 in the Champions League. Give me another club who has done that.’
One thing that Wenger did not mention however is the length of time that his club had gone without winning a trophy – and the fact that they have not come close to the Premier League title in a fair while – not to mention crashing out of the Champions League time and time again, despite getting into the knockout stages.
It is precisely that mentality that has fans questioning if Wenger should be left to his own devices unchecked and unchallenged at the north London side or if a greater sense of accountability is needed – or a new manager and regime all together.
Judging by his comments, the man himself certainly does not seem to think so – but it will take far more than a few defiant words to change the tide of fan opinion against him. That, if nothing else, is something Wenger can count on.
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