Arsene Wenger has hit back at Gary Neville over the pundit’s scathing criticism of Arsenal.
Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 by Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday, leading to speculation over Wenger’s position as manager.
The most vocal critic of the Gunners after their Wembley surrender was Sky Sports pundit Neville, who labelled them “spineless” and “pathetic”.
The Manchester United legend laid into a number of players for not running – “You’re walking on a football pitch at Wembley”.
But Wenger insisted that Neville was cherry-picking incidents.
“You could find that [walking] on both sides,” Wenger said.
“You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think. You find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track.
“You have to analyse why. Has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.
“Of course, the players gave me everything. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough. Did we lose the game because of that? I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.
“We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence. You have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight.
“We have to live with the criticism, it’s part of the modern game. People who comment – their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond.”
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