Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has launched a scathing attack on the media and a cross section of the Gunners’ suppoters in defence of his tenure as Arsenal manager in the face of recent criticism.
A faltering title challenge has been accompanied by relentless questioning by the media, which has provoked the Arsenal boss to snap back.
Reproach from pundits and supporters has created an intense atmosphere around Wenger and, with Arsenal looking for a victory against Hull in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night after five winless matches, the relentlessness of the interrogations seem to have taken its toll him as he has to defend himself and his team over a period of poor results.
“Look, I have worked here for 19 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job. I have no problem to cope with everything but I find that a bit boring in the end. I always have to convince you that I am good enough. I worked for 35 years at the top level.
“What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face [the question]: ‘Do you think you are good enough?. I am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough, someone will tell me one day. That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you [journalists] say about me or what fans say about me. I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion.
“I cannot influence the behaviour of the fans. How can I do that? I don’t know. I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes and, believe me, I do that. After that there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. Do you think they are more stupid than you or me? I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time. I work seven days a week with full commitment. That’s all I can do.” Wenger is quoted as saying on the Arsenal website.
Wenger remains focused on being strong enough to make a serious attempt to win the FA Cup for the third consecutive time.