Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger launched an impassioned defence of his team and tactics in the wake of Arsenal's humiliating FA Cup defeat by Blackburn Rovers.
couldn't hide his anger during a press conference on Monday morning,
but is coming under increasing pressure as the club face an eighth
successive year without silverware.
The French tactician defended his team selection and laughed at the
suggestion he isn't taking the world's oldest club knockout competition
Wenger said: 'I've been accused of
not taking the FA Cup seriously. I've won it four times. Tell me who has
won it more than me. Tell me, one name.
been accused of not putting out a strong enough team - this is an
insult to those who started the game, 11 internationals.'
Arsenal face a huge task to progress
into the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition with last year's
beaten finalists standing in their way.
The players looked downcast as they arrived for training on Monday morning at the club's London Colney base, knowing
that anything other than victory in the Champions League on Tuesday
night against Bayern Munich would effectively end their season.
But Wenger has impressed on his
players that they must put the defeat by Rovers behind them, and has
also denied reports that the club are about to hand him a new two-year
He said: 'That
is the wrong information and I work for 16 years in England and I think I
deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one
intention: to harm,' the Arsenal boss said.
it is good information which comes from nowhere it is all right, but
this is wrong information that comes from nowhere and it is completely
became involved in a heated exchange with a journalist, adding: 'I look
at you not because you give information, I do not know if it is you, I
do not know where the information comes from. Why do you look at me? I
just thought you had given this information out.
'Here this is a pre-match conference
for the Champions League, if you want to talk about Saturday, that press
conference has been made after the game.
'Can we get some questions about tomorrow's game, that would be very nice.'
Wenger also confirmed Per
Mertesacker is back in the matchday squad but Laurent Koscielny is
unlikely to return for the clash at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Mikael Silvestre, whom Wenger
signed from Manchester United in 2008 and made 43 appearances in the
Gunners’ defence, tweeted a tongue-in-cheek picture of an empty Arsenal
trophy cabinet, calling on Patrick Vieira to return to the club to help
his former manager.