Barclays Premier League

'Timid' Arsenal worries Wenger

2013-01-14 11:17
Arsene Wenger (AFP)

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is growing frustrated with the team's "timid" and "nervous" displays at home, saying the players are struggling to deal with the pressure from restless fans.

Arsenal's midfield was overpowered in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, and defensive lapses led to an early red card for centre back Laurent Koscielny and the two goals.

"We are a bit too nervous to play in a serene way at home, and that shows in the way we start the games," Wenger said.

The 60,000-strong crowd at Emirates Stadium voiced its displeasure with referee Mike Dean after Koscielny's sending-off, but that's not the first time players have heard boos at home this season after more than seven years without a trophy.

Wenger said this restlessness from the crowd "doesn't help" the team.

"I feel we wanted to do so well but we are a bit uptight," he said. "It's not anger, it's frustration that you do not see from the start on what this team is capable of doing."

On Sunday, City dominated the opening stages even before Koscielny was sent off.

"We started too timid, with not enough authority in a game like that," Wenger said. "We didn't dictate the game from the start on and after we paid very early for it."

This is the second straight season where Arsenal fell out of the title race early and is instead fighting just to secure a lucrative Champions League spot. Arsenal is in sixth place in the Premier League and faces a tough challenge from Tottenham and Everton for a top-four spot.

In a crucial run of matches ahead - starting with Chelsea next Sunday - Arsenal will be without key midfielder Mikel Arteta for around three weeks because of a calf injury, Wenger said, depriving the team of its main holding midfielder.

Read more on:    arsenal  |  epl  |  arsene wenger  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
08 August 2015
Stoke City v Liverpool, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Norwich City v Crystal Palace, Carrow Road 16:00
Arsenal v West Ham United, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Goldsands Stadium 16:00
Everton v Watford, Goodison Park 16:00
Leicester City v Sunderland, King Power Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Old Trafford 16:00
Newcastle United v Southampton, St. James' Park 16:00
Chelsea v Swansea City, Stamford Bridge 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
15 August 2015
Liverpool v Bournemouth, Anfield 16:00
West Ham United v Leicester City, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Swansea City v Newcastle United, Liberty Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Everton, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Norwich City, Stadium of Light 16:00
Watford v West Bromwich Albion, Vicarage Road 16:00
Aston Villa v Manchester United, Villa Park 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City, White Hart Lane 16:00
22 August 2015
West Ham United v Bournemouth, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Norwich City v Stoke City, Carrow Road 16:00
Arsenal v Liverpool, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Everton v Manchester City, Goodison Park 16:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 16:00
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, Selhurst Park 16:00
Sunderland v Swansea City, Stadium of Light 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Southampton, Vicarage Road 16:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Vote

With the season all but done, are you happy with your side's performance?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.