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Arsene Wenger threatens walk-out of his press conference

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger fuming as Arsenal 'crisis' is stirred up by the media
Wenger fuming as Arsenal 'crisis' is stirred up by the media

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger threatened to walk out of his Friday press conference, as he came under fire from an aggressive press pack.

Wenger has faced three days of criticism following his side's Champions League defeat against Olympiacos on Tuesday night and the pressure told as he faced questioning from his critics in the press.

With the questions flowing on why he dropped first choice keeper Petr Cech in favour of David Ospina for what he described as his side’s ‘must win’ Champions League game against Olympiacos last Tuesday, the Jose Mourinho grenade was then thrown into the mix to stir his pot to boiling point.

"Is Jose Mourinho right when he says there is only one manager who is not under pressure," suggested a Sky Sport reporter, who must have know his question would produce an angry reaction.

Wenger's repost was swift and unequivocal: “Look, stop that story or we stop the press conference.”

It was a fiesty exchange that summed up Wenger's mood on a morning when he was asked few questions about Sunday's game against Manchester United, with the Arsenal boss frustarted by the crisis that has been whipped up by his side's latest disappointing result.

"You make decision because you have more information than I have and it is exactly the same in my job," said Wenger as he touched on the Ospina/Cech debate.

"You come to the game, you judge the game and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that, I accept your judgement of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions.

"I think the media lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very very very very boring. I don't go along with that.

"If you have any interesting questions for Sunday's game I can answer, but apart from that let's not come back always to the same story. Come to the game on Sunday, you will see who is in the goal. You have not watched well the game on Tuesday night.

"You come always with that same story… you can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal, he can make a mistake, you have to accept that. It's down to everybody.

"But if you have watched the game and you come down the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football."

Wenger is an angry man heading into Sunday's game against Manchester United and his mood will only improve if his team get the win they need against the Premier League leaders.