There should have been scenes of jubilation in the home team’s changing area after Wednesday night’s match, but instead there was widespread fury according to this source. Two late goals from Tottenham deprived Arsenal of the victory they had seemed certain of landing, prompting angry exchanges between the Gunners players and their manager.
Football365 reports that it was far from a happy camp that reconvened in the dressing room after the match at the Emirates. The cameras had picked up William Gallas leaving the pitch having a wild rant to himself, so it’s easy to imagine the fireworks that went off when he walked down the tunnel.
Arsenal’s players were ‘going crazy’ in the dressing room after their north London derby draw with Spurs, according to reports.
“Everyone was going crazy in the dressing room after the game. There were a lot of raised voices and fingers being pointed,” a ‘source’ told The Sun.
“Everyone was blaming each other for Spurs’ two late goals and the manager was as angry as anyone has seen him for a long time.”
The Daily Mirror says that Wenger specifically turned on Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Emmanuel Adebayor. Silvestre could be punished for his lack of leadership, while a defensive midfielder like Alex Song or Kolo Toure is likely to come in to replace Denilson.
The Sun names Gael Clichy as one player who could lose his place, but the Frenchman has probably suffered enough after reportedly being in tears in the dressing-room after his slip led to Tottenham’s third goal.
Indeed, it was uncharacteristic lapse from Gael Clichy to gift Tottenham their third goal, although the Frenchman is generally one of Arsenal’s better players. Perhaps it’s the entire team that should take responsibility, although no amount of briefing can prepare players for being in a North London derby and leading the match 4-2 with the mission of holding on to the lead. Do supporters think that any particular player was to blame, or should there be no scapegoats?