London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Arsenal fans after being jeered by club faithful at the Emirates during their match against Manchester United last night.
Wenger substituted the outstanding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 73rd minute of the game after he helped Robin Van Persie to score, which negated Antonio Valencia’s first-half goal.
This substitution didn’t seem to go down well with Arsenal supporters who booed the decision. After nine minutes of Andrey Arshavin replacing Chamberlain, the jeers increased in tempo as Arshavin’s mistake helped United take a late lead through Danny Welbeck’s goal.
“We lost the game just now and I do not have to explain to you what I do,” The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying. “I have to stand up to the result and the subs. I`ve been 30 years a manager and made 50,000 subs and I have to justify every decision I make to you? I stand up for it,” he added.
Wenger also found it hard to keep a check on his emotions over captain Van Persie’s reaction to the substitution. Persie seemed aghast at the substitution and was clearly seen shouting an ``oh no`` as the change was made.
“I didn`t see it. I do not want to come out and have a reaction,” Wenger said.
When asked whether his decision to remove Chamberlain had cost Arsenal the match, as most Gunners fans felt, he refused to blame any individual for the defeat.
“Why? If you expect me to blame an individual player, it will not happen. We win and lose together. You want me to blame one player? I will not. If I made a mistake, I`m sorry,” he added.