Stay out of it Kroenke! Defiant Wenger wants to get Arsenal's season back on track without interference
10:52 GMT, 14 December 2012
A defiant Arsene Wenger today said that he is determined to turn Arsenal's stuttering season around and does not expect any intervention from the club's board, including majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.
Arsenal suffered a crippling defeat at Bradford on Tuesday, when they were beaten on penalties in the Capital One Cup.
Wenger watched his season go from bad to worse at Valley Parade. The Gunners sit in 7th in the Premier League and are already 15 points behind leaders Manchester United after just 16 games.
Deflated: Arsenal lost in the Capital One Cup to Bradford earlier this week
With hopes of winning the league all but over, should Arsenal fail to bring home the FA Cup or the Champions League this season, it will be their eighth in succession without a trophy.
But Wenger has pulled Arsenal through
rough patches before, and he is determined to do so without any
intervention from Kroenke and the board.
Wenger said: ‘I am responsible for the football front, I don't expect Stan Kroenke to intervene.
‘The way to support me is to let me
do my work and do my job, I don't expect anything else. I'm very
determined and very hungry – if I wasn't I wouldn't be here.
‘I love the club, I sit here and show
how much I love the club. We have been through difficult periods before
and I know how to turn this around because I have been here 16 years.’
Wenger is looking to pick his players up at Reading on Monday evening after a difficult week, but believes he and his players should be looking forward, not back.
Crunch time: Arsene Wenger is determined to get the season back on track without interference
'We are top professional people. What
is important is what happens tomorrow, not what happened yesterday. We
are sorry for that [Bradford] but what is important is the next game.'
'They [Reading] are a team who deserve a lot of
credit because they came up last year, for me surprisingly.
'They make it difficult for every
team in every game, so we expect a battle. Our results are quite
consistent and good away from home.
'We had a good game against West Brom [and] it’s important to confirm that in our next away game.'
The Frenchman believes his players are committed and resilient enough to bounce back from the Bradford loss.
He said: 'This team cares, is serious and wants to do well, I do not question the spirit of the team.
I believe I have a strong team.
'If you look at our season at the moment, we have not produced our performances at home, away our results are in the same bracket as the two top teams.
Resilient: Wenger believes his players can bounce back at Reading
Stop the rot: Arsenal are in seventh place in the league, 15 behind leaders Manchester United
'Where we have lost the points is we made too many draws at home.
'Manchester United are top of the league, six points ahead. They have lost three games, we have lost four. We had more draws, especially at home, that is where we have lost the points.'
The Arsenal manager was also asked whether, after 16 years at the helm, he had been at the club for too long.
He said: 'I can understand people
criticise when the results are not as expected. It looks like has become
the modern way to think.
'You say that 16 years can be a handicap, but it can also be an advantage because you have experience, you love the club.
'If I sit here, it is because I have really shown how much I love his club. We have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.'
There has also been speculation that all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry could re-join the club on loan in January, but Wenger refused to comment on the proposed move, and said: 'I cannot tell you anything about it because nothing has happened.'
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Not even close: Gary Jones of Bradford scores with his penalty attempt past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny