Arsene Wenger’s tough start to the season continued this weekend as Danny Welbeck’s injury time equaliser could only rescue a point at home to Hull City. The Frenchman then took to the media in an uncomfortable interview with the BBC’s Jacqui Oatley.
Arsenal led in the match after just 13 minutes as Alexis Sanchez netted but 4 minutes later Hull City were level thanks to Mohamed Diamé. The Tigers then took the lead via Abel Hernández and despite the Gunners having 25 shots over the 90 minutes it would only be a late Danny Welbeck strike that saved Arsenal’s blushes.
In his post-match interview Wenger was asked by Oatley (in an interview that can be found here) for the reasons why his team failed to win the match. When Oatley clarified that it was because Hull defended and didn’t leave their half (as Wenger had said), the 64-year-old then replied: “I didn’t say that, you don’t listen very well to me.”
Oatley then probed the fact that Arsenal had only won 2 out of 8 Premier League matches this season, wondering who was to blame but Wenger rejected the question. He then took issue with the next question about his dodgy defence and the lack of transfer activity in that area despite an obvious deficiency. Wenger answered: “You have been at the game today, I don’t know why you would come up with such a question when you’ve seen the game today.”
According to 101 Great Goals, Wenger then also banned his Arsenal players from speaking to the media meaning players were ushered past the waiting press, not answering their questions.
Wenger for me is forgetting a key part of his duties, the responsibility to answer fans and media in their criticism and concerns over the state of the once English giants that are Arsenal. Now his Gunners side are in 7th place, some 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea and Wenger’s attitude to the media has now come under fire from Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker.