Arsene Wenger: I am responsible, the players have had an outstanding attitude
Written by Renzo on May 23, 2011 14:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the players should not be held responsible for ending yet another season with no trophies to show for.
Speaking after yesterday’s 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, the Frenchman started by saying that it was an average performance from his players who were disappointed to end fourth considering that only weeks ago they were still fighting for the Premiership title.
Asked about the season in general, the Arsenal boss confessed he should be held responsible for a very disappointing season again saying that the players’ attitude during this campaign has been outstanding.
Wenger concluded by saying that injuries were one of the main reasons why the Gunners did not perform as captain Cesc Fabregas, striker Robin van Persie and defender Thomas Vermaelen very rarely had the opportunity to play together.
On Sunday evening, the manager said:
I thought it was an average game. In the end, we felt fourth place was disappointing because, three weeks ago, we were in a position to win the league. We didn’t lose third place today, we lost it last week.
I think I am responsible for the results [this season] and I am very disappointed. The players have had an outstanding attitude. We have accumulated disappointments that have had a big impact on the moral of the team.
We have played 58 games. Fabregas has played 22 games, Van Persie 18 or 19 games and Vermaelen has played four or five games.
In decisive moments, we have never had the whole team together. We have to rectify some things in our squad and we will try to do it. But it is not easy, even with money.