Rio: Arsenal are going ‘backwards’ under Wenger

Date published: Thursday 14th December 2017 10:07

Rio Ferdinand says Arsene Wenger has not made any progress with Arsenal and is in fact taking them “backwards”.

Last night’s draw with West Ham leaves the Gunners a mammoth 19 points behind leaders Manchester City and they even sit one point behind Burnley in seventh place.

Wenger refused to talk about his side being below the Clarets.

“I don’t want to talk about that,” he said at the London Stadium, before refusing to give up.

“It’s good for headlines. City are too far away to talk about the title at the moment.

“We don’t give up. Our job is to fight as long as we can and give our best, not to focus on everything else.”

Former Man Utd defender Ferdinand said he was worried for Arsenal as he laid into Wenger.

“If I’m an Arsenal fan I’m sitting there and asking the question “where is the progress over the last few years?” said Ferdinand.

“Tell me where the progress is with this side because that’s what you look for year in and year out. You look for progression within a football club, within a team [and] I don’t see it.”

Daniel Storey cannot see it either.

Ferdinand continued: “I see players going backwards. I don’t see players improving dramatically under this regime and that is the worrying part for me.

“And when you look at this Arsenal team and the history of Arsenal, even Arsene Wenger’s early tenure at the club it was about trophies, it was about winning and competing for titles, for leagues. They are not doing that now. They are fighting for one or two positions in the Champions League.”


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