Friday 26 May 2017

'Humiliated' Wenger vows to fight on and rebuild team

Mark Ogden

Arsene Wenger vowed to continue as Arsenal manager despite admitting to being "humiliated" and "hurt" following his team's "terribly painful" capitulation at Manchester United.

United's victory leaves Arsenal lying in 17th position with just one point from three games this season.

Severely weakened by the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and without eight senior players at Old Trafford due to injury and suspension, Arsenal's abject defeat also saw them receive their third red card in three games with the second-half dismissal of defender Carl Jenkinson.

But despite the enveloping gloom, Wenger, close to sealing the £10m signing South Korean forward Park Chu-young, insists he will fight on after Arsenal conceded eight goals in a game for the first time since 1896.

When asked whether he would consider his future, Wenger said: "No, because I feel this (defeat) was under very special circumstances. It is terribly painful, but you cannot compare pain. You have pain and that is it. But of course, it hurts. It is humiliating, but you could see in the second half that we hadn't recovered physically from our games, especially Wednesday night (against Udinese).

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"We were short in several areas, that's for sure. We had eight players out, but United had class and they punished us. When we finished with 10 men, we were exhausted.

"We have too many players who missed this game. Yes, we do not have the squad to compete with so many players out, but at the moment we have not found the solution to our problem from the outside."

Although Wenger expects to complete the deal for Park before Wednesday's transfer deadline, he insisted the search for new players will go on over the next 72 hours.

"If we find the right players, we will sign them," Wenger said. "We have the money. If we find players who can strengthen our team, we will do it, but we have 20 people working on it and if we do not do it (sign players), it's because we cannot find them. It's difficult to find excuses after a game like that, but wages-wise, of course we are behind the other teams."

When faced with suggestions his recruitment policy was wrong, Wenger insisted it was premature to judge the squad he has assembled.

Wenger said: "I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I try to make the right decisions for the club and I will continue to do that.

"The players we have sold are also players I have brought to the club. In my 15 years at the club, you will see I have brought some good players. We have played three games in the championship, but you should give me more time to see if I have completely got it wrong." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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