Arsenal were flying in the Premier League for the whole of last year, but Arsene Wenger blames our spectacular demise since Christmas on the injuries to our best players and his own mismanagement of Aaron Ramsey that led to our downfall.
When asked why it all went so wrong, Wenger said, “For two reasons. The important injuries we had and the big fixtures during that period.
“We didn’t manage to win the big games. If we had everybody on board we could have won it. We were 17 or 18 times top of the league during the season but we lost Walcott, [Jack] Wilshere, [Mesut] Ozil, Ramsey and [Laurent] Koscielny at an important part of the season.
“It’s just too much. If you imagine Manchester City without [David] Silva, [Yaya] Toure and [Vincent] Kompany at the same period of the season, it’s not the same team.
“Maybe I made a mistake in overplaying Ramsey during a long period in the season and when I saw the first signs of fatigue I should have rested him. Although the others were accidental, we made a mistake in not resting Ramsey.”
My problem with Wenger is that we all knew in January that Walcott was out for the season, and that Giroud was also being overplayed (as well as Ramsey), so surely it is also Wenger’s fault for not bringing in competent backup during the January window. And as for the Man City comparison, that doesn’t ring true because simply Pelligrini’s team had more than enough classy backups to cover for Toure, Silva and Kompany while they were out of action. This was Wenger’s big chance of actually fighting for the title for a change and he blew it in style.