Arsenal manager blasts Wigan pitch after draw

Poor Arsenal. They’ve now experienced three successive draws in the Premier League and their title dream is going to quickly start fading away unless they can nab a win from somewhere. It’s clear that the Gunners weren’t helped by the state of the pitch at the JJB Stadium, with The Times reporting that Arsene Wenger has voiced his dissatisfaction in no uncertain terms.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Wigan’s performance, but, frankly, the pitch is a disaster,” the Arsenal manager said. “It is disrespectful to the fans who come and pay money for that. We have to prepare mentally and physically for the pitch. We did what we could and we gave absolutely everything, but we’re going through a patch at the moment where I feel we are a bit unlucky.”

Some might say that the league leaders were slightly fortunate to escape with a draw after Wigan had legitimate claims for a penalty towards the end of the game when Cesc Fabregas handled Jason Koumas’ goalbound shot. Indeed, it took until the dying minutes of the match for Arsenal to have their first flowing attack of the match – there had been several on display at the San Siro.

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