London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said it is the right time for everyone at the club to portray their unity to the world, accusing media of promoting lies about the club.
The Frenchman, as ever, was defiant in taking full responsibility for anything and everything that had gone wrong at the club.
“That’s what I’m here for. I’m responsible for results,” the Telegraph quoted Wenger, as saying.
There was also a hint of a siege mentality as he declared that he had a united staff and attacked what he called the lies in the newspapers about the club.
Wenger said: “I believe it’s a good opportunity to show that we are strong inside the club and let people talk.”
Questions were raised this week about Wenger’s willingness to delegate to his coaching staff after Bould’s individual training sessions with the defence were stopped.
Wenger is sure his approach will again deliver, saying that: “We will turn it around before the end of the season”.
“My job is to be determined and give importance to what is important. What is important is I love football, I love this club and I give my best for this club. I am very determined and very hungry. If I wouldn’t be, I wouldn’t sit in front of you,” he added.
“Our season will not be judged on how well we do in the Capital One Cup but how well we do in the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup,” he said.
On the suggestion that 16 years could be too long in a job, he said: “It can be an advantage because you have experience. You know you have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.”
Arsenal are seventh in the Premier League, only two points off fourth but 15 adrift of Manchester United and crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of lowly Bradford City team.