Tuesday, February 19, 2013
ANGRY WENGER BLAST CRITICS AND FANS, SAYS THEY WILL MISS HIM WHEN HE LEAVES ARSENAL
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Monday warned mutinous fans: ‘You’ll miss me when I’m gone.’
The under-fire Gunners manager reacted furiously when questioned over reports he was to be offered a contract extension.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, Wenger defended his record passionately and said: ‘I am sure you will miss me when I’m gone. Look at the teams I could have managed - I will tell you one day.’
The Arsenal chief has previously turned down massive offers to manage England, France, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal face Bayern, who are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, three days after their humiliating FA Cup defeat by Blackburn at the Emirates.
Wenger is under pressure from a substantial number of fans after failing to land a major trophy since their 2005 FA Cup success. But he hit back, saying: ‘I have been here for 16 years and my commitment is the same as ever.
‘I have been in this game for 30 years and if I was paranoid you would know already. I have worked for 16 years in England and deserve a certain respect.
'You can say I am doing a bad job but being manipulative is wrong.’
Justifying his team to face Blackburn, Wenger added: ‘People say I don’t take the FA Cup seriously but I have won it four times. Name another manager who has won it four times. It is disrespectful to say I put out a weakened team because we started with 11 internationals.
There is a lot of superficial analysis. We are the only team in England who have played a season unbeaten. We have been in the final of the Champions League and consistently in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
'People will say it is not the best opportunity now to win the competition but I think it is a fantastic opportunity because I feel I have a strong team.’