Arsene Wenger has responded to Gary Neville’s scathing Arsenal criticism, and says the fourth official asked why he wished to extend the club’s misery in their meek Carabao Cup final defeat.
Arsenal limped to a 3-0 loss against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva scoring. Read 16 Conclusions please.
Silva’s goal set an angry Neville off on an attack of the Gunners, branding them “spineless” and “pathetic”, among other things.
Wenger issued something of a response after the match.
“When you lose a game like that everything is questioned,” said Wenger.
“TV personalities, when you don’t win a game – it’s questioned.
“We played against a good side, you cannot say it’s an average side. They dominate the Premier League.
“Some of them [pundits] have been players and I know them. They have not always played at 200%.”
Wenger also discussed a conversation he had with the fourth official as full-time approached.
“The referee doesn’t give the injury time,” said the Frenchman.
“When I said ‘why don’t you give more time?’ he [fourth official Graham Scott] asked me ‘why do I want more time?’.
“I said ‘it’s not down to you to judge how much time’.”