Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Wenger shocked by Arsenal fans’ criticism

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has described the growing criticism of his management of Arsenal as "unbelievable" and admitted he is made to feel as if he has "killed someone".

Wenger's record has never come under such scrutiny after a fourth consecutive season without a trophy. The Frenchman staunchly defended his record when he met a group of Arsenal supporters for a heated Q and A session on Thursday night and appealed to them to get behind him.

But there is no doubt the criticism hurts Wenger, who has won the Double twice in his 13 years at the club but is finding his tactics, selections and transfer policy are coming under attack. Wenger said: "It has become ridiculous. You sit here, you are in the last four in Europe, and every day you feel you have killed someone. It is unbelievable. If you do not take a distance with it, you think, 'What kind of world do live in?'"

Strong words from Wenger, who revealed he has worked harder than ever this season to try to nurture his young side who travelled to Old Trafford today knowing a point for Manchester United would clinch a third successive title for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Wenger said: "We live in a world of instant opinions. I have nothing against that but it doesn't mean that instant opinions are right. I am here to produce what I can. If it's not good enough it's not good enough. That is not down to me to judge that.

“We lose against Manchester United [in the Champions League] who have 10 times more resources, it's not a shame. They are the best in the world, congratulations to them. If you play tennis tomorrow, you lose against Nadal, you can still say you are a good player.

"I look in the mirror and think, ‘Have I given everything, have you done the maximum you can and that's it?'

“ If we do not deliver in one or two years I will be responsible. It is the most important moment in the life of this club and we have to be strong now and support this team."

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