Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger showed signs he was already feeling the strain following another season with no trophy’s at The Emirates.
In an interview with ITV’s Gabriel Clarke, Wenger interrupted several times and looked peeved at the line of questioning.
Arsenal hasn’t won any silverware since the FA Cup in 2005 and Wenger clearly had that fact on his mind. The Gunners have been in the Champions League for the last thirteen years and made the knockout stages ten of those years, but haven’t ever won it. Clarke asked the Arsenal boss why this season should be any different. Wenger said: “We have been in the semi final, final, quarter final, why should we not progress?” Clarke reiterated his original question to which Wenger interrupted: “Why not? It’s the same question. I believe we have matured but I can talk and talk and talk, the only thing real in football is what you do on the pitch.”
Clarke then asked if Wenger’s team is physically stronger. Wenger rolled his eyes, interrupted again and said: “We are physically stronger ‘cause we have matured. What I want to say is we have no excuse of youth anymore so we have to go out and show that we have the quality to do it.”
Wenger then showed some signs of his old conspiracy theory that everyone is out to get Arsenal. When asked if he was excited about the new European season (a harmless question) he again interrupted: “More than ever ‘cause this team, for the wrong reasons, is questioned. To be 20 or 21 and be near the top every year is a fantastic achievement. But it’s not enough, we want to win.”
When the topic of the Champions League final being at Wembley (6 miles from The Emirates) this season came up, Wenger said: “It’s a good incentive, but let’s be realistic, feet on the ground. First try to beat Braga. That’s the best way to do it in football, win the first game and shut up.”
Arsene Wenger is obviously fully aware that the Arsenal supporters are expecting some success this season. Throughout the interview he looked edgy and showed signs of a man already feeling the pressure.
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