Next time you need someone to talk you off the ledge, don’t ask Arsene Wenger….
After a brutal loss to West Ham United in the Premier League opening weekend, Arsene Wenger didn’t exactly make the Gooner faithful more confident in his post-match press conference.
According to a transcript from The Telegraph, Wenger went so far as to say “We killed ourselves” after multiple mistakes from all four of the club’s positions resulted in a humiliating home loss.
“I can’t see many convincing individual performances,” Wenger said following the 0-2 loss. “We gave two very cheap goals away and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. The first goal was a collective lapse. I knew we were in trouble even before the free-kick was taken. The concentration maybe was not completely there, the organisation not perfect. We killed ourselves.”
Wenger’s big summer transfer Petr Cech struggled mightily in his debut with his former London rival. Cech gave up two goals in the first 60 minutes. But afterwards, Wenger didn’t put all of the blame for the loss on Cech’s gloves.
“It’s not only him,” the Arsenal boss said. “We have experience along the back-line. The way we conceded is difficult to understand.”
And despite 22 shots and 6 shots on goal, not a single one was beyond the reach of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.
“When you are a professional football player, you face your responsibilities and not always look at something else,” Wenger added. “We have to look at ourselves and think that we were not good enough and not think that these kind of things are solutions. I don’t think we were too confident. I would rather say too nervous. We could see that fitness wise we are not completely there. Our performance was not convincing, not agile, not quick.”
Word of advice: Don’t hire Arsene Wenger for positivity training.
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