Manchester United managed to defeat Arsenal once again and even though the Gunners were on a very good run in the game, Wenger decided to switch things around. Do you think that maybe this time it was only his fault that the game turned out this way?
First of all, why would you change Chamberlain who had an amazing match again, and put in Arshavin who showed us how much of a bad form he’s in last time he was on the pitch? And second of all, when will the manager understand that Ramsey lost a lot when he was injured and never quite retrieved to his old amazing form, managing only to put in average appearances?
“When it was 1-1 it looked like we would win but in the end one tactical mistake lost us the game,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“I do not want to dwell too much on that now but one second of inattention can cost you.”
Despite his admission, Wenger went on to defend his decision to bring off Oxlade-Chamberlain in a frosty post-match press conference.
“I can understand that the fans are upset about the substitution, especially when it doesn’t work, but he (Oxlade-Chamberlain) had started to fatigue,” he said.
“He was sick in the week. Arshavin is captain of the Russia national team.
“You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who’s captain of his country and they are querying the substitution? Let’s be serious.
“I’ve been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 substitutions. I do not have to justify every decision I make to you (the Press). I stand up for it.”
The thing is that Wenger keeps playing a few players who simply should be forgotten, and perhaps starting with Ramsey is a good thing. Nobody’s saying he was one of the bad players in the match, but he wasn’t one of the good ones either and he can’t be compared to neither Fabregas nor Nasri, so why not bring in Gotze, Hazard or god know who…but somebody who would at least compare to them or be able to grow to be as good?