Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger launched a scathing attack on his entire Gunners side in the dressing room following Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Monaco, with their inept display leaving the Frenchman more furious than he's been in a long time.
That is according to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, who believes that Wenger lost his cool after watching Arsenal press the self-destruct button in a Champions League tie that looked eminently winnable before kick-off.
Woods also believes that wasn't the only thing Wenger did on Wednesday night that surprised his players, who were also surprised to see Hector Bellerin thrown into the starting XI ahead of Calum Chambers after was left out of the previous match with an injury niggle.
Wenger vents at 'suicidal' side
A source close to one Arsenal star told Woods how Wenger took his frustration out on his players immediately after they conceded the third and potentially killer goal against a Ligue 1 side who took everyone by surprise.
Wenger said: “Arsene usually is very composed after a defeat but he was furious at the manner of this one.
“He vented his anger on everyone.”
You can't blame Wenger for losing the plot
The Frenchman had every right to be dismayed with the manner in which Arsenal threw away their best chance to reach a Champions League quarter-final since 2010, with two of three goals conceded coming on the counter courtesy of some truly dreadful defending.
Per Mertesacker was culpable on both goals, while at the other end Olivier Giroud missed a pair of clear-cut chances before being hauled off on the hour mark.
Wenger also has to look at himself
In truth nobody on the home side came out of the tie with credit, which unfortunately is a statement that also includes Wenger.
Ultimately a man of his experience has to carry the can for such a naive approach to the beginning of a two-legged tie, whether he instructed his players to employ different tactics or otherwise.
Perhaps that's a further reason why Wenger was so upset, although he's got no time to dwell on that disappointment. Arsenal are back in action against Everton on Sunday and must then prepare for an FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United on March 9th, which is a match that suddenly takes on even more importance for Gunners fans.
Arsenal fans, do you think Wenger is to blame for Wednesday night's farce or the players? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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