Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has surprisingly launched a scathing attack on some of his former players who left the club, as the veteran Frenchman claims they were always desperate to leave Arsenal instead of winning the Premier League title at the Emirates.
Wenger responded to questions asking what is the difference between this year compared to 2008, 2010 and 2011, with criticism of his former players’ selfish attitudes in those seasons.
While no names were mentioned, it may be a reference to Cesc Fabregas who switched to Barcelona and Robin van Persie, who controversially took the decision to make a move to Manchester United.
“The mood of some players was more to get the next contract somewhere else than to win the championship because at the time we had to sell our players,” Wenger said.
“When we went into April some of our players were tapped up to go somewhere else and it is difficult to maintain the focus.
“That’s not the case at the moment. In 2010, I would say we lost it because the spirit was not exactly what it should be because of individual tap ups.”
Thierry Henry also left the North Londoners for Barcelona, while Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor joined Manchester City.
There is a strong belief in English football which suggests that Arsenal are still the club of their loyal faithful manager, with all his strengths, his beliefs, his neuroses and his weaknesses. The tendency which dwell on the repeated mistakes, and the typical stubbornness, and there has been plenty of those instances in the recent past, but at the same time you have to understand that Arsene Wenger is the last man standing to represent an old order of managers whose influence and job spec has been an asset for English football.
With Chelsea subsiding in the early part of this season and Manchester City putting together a meek title bid of their own gave an ideal opportunity for Arsenal to end their drought at the summit of English football this season.
Though their title aspirations are far from over, Arsenal will need to take all the six points from the coming week’s matches with Swansea and Tottenham to remain in the hunt for top spot. However Wenger has admitted that his team’s margin for error has now become more slim after the loss to Manchester United.