Really? Emirates Stadium boss tries hard to justify his decision to take off his most effective player during Man United clash.
Watch as Arsene Wenger, in first his post match one on one and then the press conference following the Man United defeat, attempts to justify this decision to take off youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
So in case you missed them. Here are his excuses.
1) He points out that he must have made x amount of thousands of substitutions and some of them would not prove popular. This is of course true but you’d be hard pushed to find one that he has made over the past 15 years at the North London club that drew such scorn from the Gunners faithful.
2) He admits that that substitution turned out to be the ‘wrong’ one, the thing is everyone could see that bringing on the hugely ineffective Arshavin at that particular point in the game was either going to restrict Arsenal’s forward momentum, or as it turned out, lead to a Man United winner as the Russian failed to track back and made a ‘non-challenge’ on Luis Antonio Valencia that led to Danny Welbeck’s goal.
3) Wenger states that Oxlade-Chamberlain was tiring. Well that’s just not a buy-able excuse. The teenager’s last act before being subbed was a sumptuous run and lay off for Robin Van Persie. If that was the act of a tired player then the Arsenal boss must have hoped his entire eleven were knackered.
4) Wenger says that Oxlade-Chamberlain was sick during the week. Again this holds no water. That excuse would presumably have ruled the youngster out of the game entirely. He had managed to put in a marvelous performance for 70+ minutes, did the sickness only then just hit the player the second after his top notch assist?
5) Wenger ends by trying to make out that because Andrei Arshavin is the captain of the Russian national team his decision made sense? Well firstly if Arshavin is the captain of the Russian national team isn’t it about time he showed more interest in the game? The 30 year old winger has been off form for over 18 months and is frankly a player that Arsenal can not afford to count on any longer.
What do Arsenal fans think about the decision to sub Oxlade-Chamberlain?