Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference on Monday

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.

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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. 

Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference on Monday
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.’

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