Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v QPR

Friday, 26 December 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 2 Arsenal

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Arteta backs Wenger decisions

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has defended manager Arsene Wenger in the wake of fan criticism at the weekend.

Last Updated: 27/11/12 at 12:09 Post Comment

Wenger withdrew striker Olivier Giroud for midfielder Francis Coquelin during Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa, sparking chants of 'You don't know what you're doing' from the visiting fans.

Arteta respects the right of supporters to voice their frustrations but insists Wenger has his reasons for every decision he makes.

"They can say whatever they want," Arteta told Sky Sports News.

"If they feel that way it has to be respected. Even when they say something to one of us.

"I think he has got experience and he has been here for 15 years. He is someone who knows the club better than anyone.

"He knows the players really well and he knows what he can get from each of us.

"So when he puts the team out, obviously it's because he wants to win it and he's picked the best team - that day - to win that game.

"He is always trying to do the best, you know. And some of the decisions he takes are very unpopular. But if he takes them it's because he's got a reason.

"If he does it once then maybe it's a mistake but if he does it four or five times then there is a reason why and he'll explain that better than anyone."

However, the focus of the French coach remains unmoved.

"My job is to give full commitment to this club, with integrity. That's what I always do without expecting any return," Wenger said.

"I don't want to comment on that [fans]. I just make sure that I do my job properly - that's what I do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Scottish Championship: SFA has reject Rangers' request to increase Mike Ashley's shareholding in club

The SFA has turned down a request from Rangers to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding in the club to 29.9 per cent.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property