Is there any hope left for Arsenal? – Wenger bitter after Gunners crash out
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has expressed his bitter disappointment after witnessing his lack-luster side crash out of the FA Cup fifth-round in a surprise 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
The French manager has received criticism from agitated Gunners’ supporters as of late for his team’s lack of silverware in eight long years – and it looks set to continue for a ninth.
The Reds’ only hope of salvaging their season, rests on the outcome of the Champions League competition but German giants Bayern Munich, who come to the Emirates on Tuesday night, currently stand in their way.
Wenger insists that despite their shocking home loss today which saw Colin Kazim-Richards score the only goal of the game, his team are wholly focussed on regaining some pride in their next fixture.
“It is very painful and disappointing to lose a game like that,” Wenger said, according to SkySports.
“It is now important to focus on the next game.
“We were not good enough to win today – it’s as simple as that.
“Not one defeat is acceptable.
“You are in this job to win every single game.”
Wenger stressed the point that the London club’s season is by no means dead and buried.
He continued: “The season is not over. For you maybe, not for me.
“If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong.
“We have a massive game on Tuesday night and we have to show some response in the team.
“I couldn’t see how we could lose the game because we had a lot of the ball and they had one shot on goal but they defended well and it’s the kind of game you can lose if you make a mistake at the back like we did.”
The 63-year-old controversially left man-of-the-moment Jack Wilshere and fellow attacking midfielders Theo Walcott and Santi Carzorla on the bench – a decision he is sure to rue.
And when asked how he felt about the chorus of boos hailing from the near 60,000 strong crowd, Wenger said: “What do you expect, people to applaud when you lose a game like that?
“It’s absolutely normal.”