The Gunners have the opportunity to kick a proverbial man when he’s down next Wednesday, when Tottenham make the short trip across North London to play at the Emirates. While Spurs will hope to travel there with three more points than they currently have, it’s a derby match that won’t be coming at a great time for the visitors. Arsene Wenger has today spoken up for one of their employees, stating that a more defined role is required.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Arsenal manager is sticking up for none other than Damien Comolli, who the Frenchman believes is being made into a scapegoat for the team’s poor start. Wenger brought the scout over to England and he spent seven years with the Gunners, although the latter probably wishes he was still there rather than staring down the barrel of a gun at White Hart Lane.
“Tottenham, I think, has a good team, they have good players, and they will bounce back. The problem is when you are not doing well you are always attacked from the outside. What you can only do is to show a close, united attitude from inside to fight against that.
“Damien is very good but for the rest I do not want to interfere for the situation at Tottenham. I brought him here [to Arsenal] because I thought he was good.
“I believe we are in a game where every public job is open to people looking for scapegoats. That’s why I say always in our job we have to accept we are always responsible, always guilty, even if not always responsible.”
But Wenger has backed Spurs to get out of their current plight, adding: “In general you can only fight against that situation when you are united and I believe Damien is quality.”
Many Tottenham fans may not agree with Wenger’s verdict of Comolli, blaming him for the lack of quality players that the club have signed over the part year. Nevertheless, Spurs and Newcastle are two high-profile clubs with directors of football who are at the wrong end of the table – surely no coincidence?