Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went on a tirade against journalists and pundits during a press conference on Friday.
He attacked journalist and pundits for being lazy and threatened at one point to walk out from the press conference ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester United on Sunday. Wenger got angry after several questions about his decision to start goalkeeper David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in Arsenal’s 3-2 to Olympiacos in the Champions League.
“Do not come always back with that same story. I think you lack a bit creativity in the press, you all follow a bandwagon that is very, very, very, very boring,” Wenger said. “I don’t go along with that. If you have any interesting question about Sunday’s game I will answer, but you cannot keep coming back to the same story. Come to the game on Sunday and you will see who’s in the goal.
“I think you have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. To come always with the same story. I have two world-class goalkeepers. It’s the easiest choice I have to make, to pick one of those two. A goalkeeper can make a mistake and you have to accept that. If you watched really the game and you come to the conclusion we lost because of Ospina I question your knowledge in football.”
He was also asked about his team being “soft” and “weak,” two words that pundit Roy Keane had used on TV after the Olympiacos game.
“Why always questions of being weak? [It’s] because they lack a bit creativity and they don’t analyse well,” Wenger said. “One pundit says something on television and all behind that repeat the same thing. It’s quite boring because nobody came with numbers [to show] why the game was won or lost. It’s quite depressing to see that. They all come to the same conclusion – we lost because we didn’t play well. Yes, the goalkeeper made a mistake but we could still have won the game despite that.”