Wenger not embarrassed after shock exit

Arsene Wenger has said that his side should not embarrassed by their Capital One Cup exit at the hands of League Two Bradford City on Tuesday evening.

The defeat has left a number of the Gunners faithful asking for the Frenchman to either walk out of the club, or the board to act quickly and get rid of the manager.

The latter is the more likely scenario at the moment as Wenger would not want to leave North London with the club in such a poor position.

They might be great finically, have top class facilities and be a well respected club all over the world, but football is about what you do on the pitch and Arsenal have simply not been good enough for a long time now.

Although many of the club’s supporters would have been embarrassed, shocked and distraught to have lost on penalties to a team three divisions below them, Wenger believes that his men did all they could.

He said: “We did absolutely everything for 120 minutes and you have to give credit to Bradford. You feel embarrassed when you don’t give everything, I think they’ll be more disappointed and frustrated.

“It was a great cup tie on a tough pitch and I cannot fault the effort from my players, It was a typical English cup tie and Bradford got on top of us.

“They started stronger than us and congratulations to them.”

You do have to wonder just when the Gunners might end their seven-year wait for a trophy as they really don’t look like lifting silverware anytime soon.

With a manager of Pep Guardiola’s calibre currently available, the board might be weighing up their options at the moment and could see the need for change. Wenger has had a brilliant career at Arsenal, but this is one of the first times he has been under massive pressure.

There might not be quite so many ‘In Arsene We Trust’ banners scattered around the Emirates Stadium for the next few weeks.

The opinion is certainly divided as some see the Frenchman as the only man who can manage and have success with Arsenal. However, some believe he might have done all he can at the club.

Their next four matches are against Reading, Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United and West Ham United and this could really be a defying moment in their season.

If they don’t manage a good run of results in these games against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League, we could see some dramatic changes at Arsenal Football Club.

Joey Rooney

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.

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