Wenger criticises Arsenal trio after Swansea defeat
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Arsene Wenger singled out Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson for criticism following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Swansea on Saturday, according to Goal.com
The Gunners were booed at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as two late strikes from Swansea’s Michu consigned them to a third straight Premier League game without victory.
Now in 10th place, five points adrift of rivals Tottenham in 4th Wenger reportedly made his feelings over his side’s performance known in his post-match team-talk, and singled out club captain Vermaelen, Gervinho and Jenkinson for criticism.
According to Goal.com, the Frenchman ‘lost it’ at the underperforming trio, and was furious at his players for not taking responsibility during the galling defeat which left some Arsenal fans calling on Wenger to quit after 16 years in charge.
The Arsenal boss is said to have been particularly aggrieved at Gervinho who was handed a start ahead of the in-form Olivier Giroud. The Ivorian was substituted after 68 minutes without landing a shot on target.
Goal.com report that Wenger’s criticisms were received with little complaint. After emerging from his team-talk, Wenger told reporters: “You look at the moment at this uncertainty among the fans. There is not complete confidence that we will win games.
"Has it an influence on our performance? I don't know – we have to look at the solution from inside and not expect too much from the outside. I can't deny today that the quality was not there."
Arsenal go into their Champions League group game against Olympiakos on Tuesday still able to top their group ahead of current leaders Schalke if results go their way, but have left a host of first-team players at home amid concerns of tiredness ahead of the busy Christmas period.