“If you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football”.
When asked if he regretted the call, he bullishly replied: “I honestly don’t want to go into that conversation with you”.
“It was a must-win game for Arsenal and they should have played their best team”, he said.
“To come always with such same story”.
Alexis Sanchez equalised in the second half but the Gunners seemed to switch off after the goal and Alfred Finnbogason put the Greek champions back in front less than a minute later. It is down to everybody. I accept your judgement on how the team played and what is your assessment but I do not have to give you all the information that I have to make my decisions.
Carvalho was voted Player Of The Tournament at the Uefa Under-21 championships this summer.
Arsenal are now bottom of the group, and face a daunting double header against leaders Bayern Munich.
But the 65-year-old said he did not understand the frustrations of fans.
“One day I will look back but now is not the time to look back”, he said.
“I make the decisions and selections for the team and I’m responsible for it. I know many things that you don’t know and that you ignore”. We have a very strong team, with a few very good players.
Wenger insists the criticism of his side is due to results and not their style of play, and that there would be more of an outcry if Arsenal refused to push men forward and try to score goals. They don’t analyse well. It is quite boring. If Arsenal lose both its matches against Bayern they will be on the verge of going out of the Champions League ending their streak of 15 straight seasons of progressing to the knock-out stage. It’s quite depressing to read that and hear that.
“We have two games in training”.
While United are in buoyant mood, Arsenal are reeling from a shock 3-2 home defeat to Olympiacos in a game Arsene Wenger described as must-win.
Leading the Premier League by a point, Van Gaal’s United have still been questioned after several largely unconvincing displays. He confirmed that Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta will all miss the United game, but Francis Coquelin should be fit. He hopes Francis Coquelin will be fit to play a role.
“They couldn’t have a better game”.