Frenchman claims Villa defeat had nothing to do with club’s lack of activity in the transfer market so far this summer.
Under-fire Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has rounded on his many critics in the Press after the Gunners’ shock opening-day 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, reports the Sunday Mirror.
The Frenchman was speaking in his post-match press conference after the north London club had been defeated at home in the opening match of a Premier League season for the first time since Norwich City won at Highbury under George Graham’s stewardship exactly 20 years ago.
However, the under-siege Arsenal boss refused to blame his side’s stunning reversal on their inability so far this summer to sign any new players, apart from the arrival of young France striker Yaya Sanogo from Ligue 1 outfit Auxerre on a free transfer that is.
Instead, Wenger claimed Arsenal lost to Villa because of a combination of bad luck, poor refereeing decisions, injuries and the second-half sending-off of centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
And Wenger then launched both a scathing attack on his many critics in the media, who have so far lambasted him and the club for failing to add to their already weak-looking squad, as well as a staunch defence of just why the Gunners had failed to bring in any big-name player so far this summer.
“You got what you wanted, you should be happy,” Wenger said to reporters in his post-match press conference. “Before the start the season that was all you write in the papers so what do you expect?
“Could we have won the game with the players we had on the pitch? I say yes.
“If we don’t spend the money, it is because we don’t find the players.
“I am not the only one to work on that, we are a team that works on that and we are ready to buy the players if we find the players good enough for us.
“My job is to make the fans happy, but we haven’t lost a game because of that (not spending).
“We take our work seriously and we analyse every player in the world and spend 24 hours a day doing that.
“We are ready to spend, but until we buy players we have to win football games and it is not an excuse not to win the game today.”