Arsene Wenger on Manuel Almunia and not using Jack Wilshere
Written by Jeffrey on September 26, 2010 4:00
For the second consecutive game, Arsenal goalkeepers are accused of making mistakes after Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia both failed to block what seemed to be easy shots in their respective games.
When asked about Manuel Almunia’s conceded goal at his near post, manager Arsene Wenger was honest enough to declare how defensively his players made massive mistake, without however focusing on the Spaniard’s mistake. The Gunners conceded three goals at home, all of which could have been avoided had the defensive department paid more attention.
Asked about why Jack Wilshere didn’t feature from the first minute, the Frenchman replied by saying that he played too many games lately and also how losing wasn’t just about not using one player as it was an overall poor performance from his squad.
Yesterday’s defeat will be a big blow for Arsenal especially because they now have difficult away games against Partizan in the Champions League and of course Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge, in the Premier League, knowing that a defeat would put them seven points adrift of Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
On his players, Wenger said:
You can have question marks about many players today if you look at the performance, especially the defensive one. Many players made massive mistakes defensively.
I do not want to come out on any individual performances because we were collectively poor. You could single out a few players who have made mistakes.
[Jack Wilshere] has played many games. I believe it was not down to one player in or out, it was down to a poor team performance.