Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Wenger bites back at critics:Judge Arsenal at end of the season

The Gunners boss admits his team are down after defeat at the weekend but feels it is too early in the season to pass judgement on his players and has called for some perspectiveHD Arsene Wenger Stoke Arsenal Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his critics to judge him at the end of the season after coming in for criticism following his side's 3-2 loss at Stoke City.

Saturday's defeat at the Britannia Stadium left the Gunners in sixth place in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea after just 15 games.

However, Wenger insists it is far too soon to judge his team and has called for calm ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray.

"We want to be judged at the end of the season. Not after every single game when emotion is very high," he told reporters.

"Let's get our stability back and see at the end of the season where we are.

"This is my 180th Champions League game and that shows something. Many of those were for this club."

The Arsenal boss also insisted his side must cope with any criticism directed their way and says the team are down after losing to the Potters.

"We are professional footballers and football people, we have to cope with that [criticism]," he added.

"I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way. It is part of our job. We cannot always look for excuses.

"We are down. Everyone feels it. When you have a disappointment you have to respond in a strong way. You cannot guarantee you will never lose a game.

"But many teams will lose at Stoke. You have to be realistic."

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