Following his side’s goalless draw with Aston Villa which left them 10 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester United on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has hit back at critics after traveling Arsenal fans chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” soon as he replaced striker Olivier Giroud with midfielder Francis Coquelin late in the game at Villa Park.
Wenger was asked for the reasons behind the substitution in light of the reaction of the Arsenal fans but insisted he did not need to provide an explanation for his managerial decisions.
“I will not explain every decision I make, you judge the game for the papers and I sit here and explain to you our game,” Wenger said.
“You can discuss every substitution. You think what you want. I do my job and I let people judge it. I do that every day and I do my best every day. I know why I do it.
“Why should we panic? We will worry about our next game and we will play that. I don’t know why you should worry more than you have to.
“We are focused on the next game. We lacked a bit of sharpness in the final third against Aston Villa. Physically we were jaded.
“Always when you play away from home after the Champions League it can be difficult. But it could have gone both ways and you have to say Aston Villa fought very hard and they had some chances as well.
“We lacked some accuracy with some balls, but I cannot fault my team for the strength we have shown for 90 minutes,” the Frenchman added.
Wenger also confirmed that his decision to rest Jack Wilshire was a preventative measure given the heavy pitch and the fact the England midfielder has only recently returned from a long spell out injured.
“I decided that Jack was to be rested and to not bring him on. It’s more dangerous to bring him on in weather like that when he’s tired. It made sense for him not to play,” said Wenger.
“Wilshire has played three or four games together and I decided to give him a breather.”