Emirates boss lashes out following disappointing performance at St Andrews.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lost his cool during his post-match press conference after a late goal from Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips dented his side’s Premier League title hopes.
Wenger had already expressed anger at the challenge by Blues midfielder Craig Gardner on Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas, which left the Spain midfielder with a knee injury.
And he uttered a four-letter-word response when asked whether there had been more than one bad tackle during the 1-1 draw.
Wenger said: “How is Fabregas? I don’t know. We will have to assess him tomorrow. But it was a bad tackle, one more.
“He got tackled at the knee, kicked just under the knee. We tried to take him off but he said he was all right. Am I suggesting there were a lot of bad tackles? Leave me alone with that, for f***’s sake.
“You are always looking for controversy, you do not need me to tell you what happened on the pitch. I can give you my opinion about our game but you always create this controversy.”
As regards whether Fabregas will be fit for the midweek Champions League game with Barcelona, Wenger said: ” I don’t know. We have to assess him tomorrow.”
Wenger also felt that Phillips’ equaliser, which cancelled out a goal from substitute Samir Nasri , was offside. But he admitted his team had enough opportunities to have wrapped up the three points.
He said: “It is disappointing and a big blow to our title hopes because, in our position, we had to win all our games.
“The pitch was difficult to play on but in the second half we were on top but then got caught at the end.
“Their goal was offside but in football you are never finished when two teams fight to the end and we had enough chances to have scored a second goal.” (ESPN)
So clearly Arsene Wenger was not happy following the lasp gasp equalizer from Kevin Phillips but was he looking to apportion blame when he really should’ve been looking at his own players inability to close a match out?
Cesc Fabregas was indeed taken out by a rough challenge, but it didn’t look like a foul to me and was simply a full blooded tackle and in all honesty Arsenal had only themselves to blame for the dropping of two crucial points. Manuel Almunia will be cursing his inability to simply catch the ball instead of parrying an effort that was not traveling at any great speed only to see the ball loop up into the net.
The Spaniard has put in a number of poor displays this term and looks a shadow of the keeper who impressed greatly in spells last term. The title challenge is by no means over but the Emirates side really can’t afford to drop too many points from now until the end of the season.