Wenger fumes at team

2010-04-19 07:44

England - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised his side's lack of concentration after they squandered a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes to lose 3-2 against struggling Wigan.

The Gunners seemed certain to beat Roberto Martinez's side on Sunday after goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre gave them a comfortable advantage going into the last 10 minutes at the DW Stadium.

But Ben Watson reduced the deficit and Titus Bramble punished an error by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski before an injury-time winner from Charles N'Zogbia shattered Arsenal's title dreams and lifted Wigan clear of the relegation zone.

Wenger was furious with his team's failure to close out a victory that would have moved them to within three points of leaders Chelsea.

"It is difficult to understand," Wenger said. "Maybe the players felt too much comfort and you have to keep focused for 90 minutes or you get punished.

"You cannot be happy with the way we conceded the goals. There was a lack of urgency there and we were punished.

"I believe at our level you don't want to give excuses and you want to show your character in every single game. You can always find an excuse but that is not important."

Wenger wants his side to react in a positive way in the remaining fixtures against Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham, although lifting the dressing room after gifting three points to the opposition as they did here will be no easy task.

The French coach refused to discuss his side's title hopes and said only: "We have to focus and try to win our next games."

Walcott's classy finish after a fine through ball from Nicklas Bendtner and Silvestre's glancing header from Samir Nasri's corner sent Arsenal into cruise control after 48 minutes.

But, led by N'Zogbia and 19-year-old Victor Moses, Wigan poured forward and no-one in the ground was surprised when Watson slotted home from 12 yards out with 10 minutes to go to breathe some life back into the home side.

With the final whistle approaching, Fabianski -- playing because of an injury to Manuel Almunia -- made the fatal mistake of dropping a corner onto Bramble's head and he nodded in before N'Zogbia thrashed home a 25-yarder with practically the last kick.

Martinez said: "Without a doubt that was (our) best win of the season. We have folded many times this season.

"We have been through some painful lessons this season, from the 9-1 against Spurs and, to come back from 2-0 down, I don't think too many do that, so I think we have learnt from our experiences.

"You don't get results like by accident, we deserved it."

Yet despite the huge boost in confidence and momentum the win is likely to give Martinez's squad, plus the fact the victory puts them comfortably clear off the relegation zone, the Spaniard is not ready to relax yet.

"We shouldn't get carried away, after Wednesday's (0-0) draw with Portsmouth, everybody said we were nearly relegated and now we should not think we are safe," he said.

"Not many come back from 2-0 down against Arsenal so we are really, really pleased.

"It has been a tough week for the players after not scoring against Portsmouth in the week but we deserved it.

"Moments like this are vital for our football club and our fans. I'm extremely proud of my players."


  • Arsenal fan - 2010-04-19 08:18

    Arsenal were pathetic and why v Persie was not brought on earlier I do not know - he is on the bench so I would presume he is fit?

  • rockman - 2010-04-19 09:23

    I am an Arsenal supporter but their display in the last game was simply pathetic. so much like Venus Williams of Tennis much ado about nothing....Wenger learn some scaring tactix from sir are too soft.

  • Thami, Kempton Park - 2010-04-19 10:22

    Vito Mannone is miles ahead of Fabianski... By way of comparison, Fabianski made sure Arsenal lose at Porto and at Wigan; Mannone gave Arsenal an undeserved victory at Craven Cottage against Wigan!! you be the judge

  • reggie spurs supported - 2010-04-19 10:46

    Arsenal is a great team but they lack BMT thats it..

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-04-19 11:05

    Very disappointing in deed! The last 3 games were the most dismal I have seen from any Arsenal team at any given time. I am even more disturbed and confused by the Coach himself. I have said it last time and let me say it again…”Mr Wenger has lost the plot”. His insistence on Bentner, Silvestre and other low quality/commitment players like Fabiansky is continuing to cost the club very dearly and bitterly. Bentner and Silvestre are sure going to make the team in the next game – mainly because he scored a cheap goal – Silvestre while Fabiansky will be given a chance to redeem himself… and guess what – Arsenal will loose again! Personally, I think time is up for Mr Wenger and Arsenal should accept this and start looking for someone with fresh ideas. I an very disappointed but happy for Wigan - they have managed to clear from relagation...It would have been a pity to loose a team like that to the Coca Cola league!

  • Mazwi Godana - 2010-04-19 15:55

    Arsenal is frusrating of late, Fabianski, Silvester, Rosicky are disappointing. We need to buy a Quality Goal keeper who is giong to be our no.1.Gallas is finished as well. Wenger must buy a no5.andno.4, bloody deadly striker, and one good midfielder as well in the mould of Viera tall, physical and talented.

  • lehlohonolo - 2010-04-19 16:48

    Arsene should be fuming at himself for destroying our once beloved team.Arsenal are no longer the team they used be thanks to him,they are so predictable,that every team are finding it easy to play against them,infact all teams fancies their chances against Arsenal nowadays,thanks to Arsene

  • ICEMAN1982 - 2010-04-19 20:47

    I wish Arsene Wenger would take his stuff and leave. He is killing Arsenal football.

  • JustinD - 2010-04-20 10:11

    Every season is the same with Arsenal, they have no staying power and will be lucky to finish in the top 4 next season. I think Wenger needs a new challenge.

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