Arsenal boss Wenger snaps over questions about his future
Arsene Wenger: 'Why are you looking at me?' Journalist: Because it's your press conference'
WITH fans on his back after Arsenal's humiliating FA Cup loss to Blackburn on Saturday, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger today snapped at a press conference when questioned about his future.
The Sun this morning reported that the Frenchman has been offered a two-year extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of next season. But Wenger was clearly angry about the report that he seems to regard as mischief-making in the wake of Arsenal's embarrassing defeat.
His side face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday with many fans angry with him over the way the season has gone. Arsenal have been knocked out of both domestic cups by lower-league opposition, have no chance of winning the title and face a fight to finish in the top four. And nobody seriously believes the Gunners can go on to win the one remaining competition they are in - the Champions League.
So, when asked about the offer of a contract extension, Wenger did not react well. "I've worked for 16 years in England and I think I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information [printed] with only one intention - to harm," he said.
What came next was even stranger. Glaring at one journalist in particular he snarled: "Why do you look at me?" Unfortunately for Wenger the answer was obvious. "Because it's your press conference," replied the reporter, leaving Wenger looking even more flustered than before.
Times writer Oliver Kay was among those struck by Wenger's demeanour on Monday and tweeted that the Arsenal boss was "a curious mix of defiance, tetchiness and sarcasm at this press conference".
The refusal of the Arsenal manager to talk about his future is unlikely to make the issue go away, and another report in Goal.com today suggested that Wenger was in talks to bring his old ally David Dein back into the fold. Dein, who was the Gunners' vice-chairman during Wenger's glory years, was ousted from the board in 2007 and Arsenal have been on a downward spiral ever since.
Sky Sports pointed out that although Wenger's deal runs out next year the manager "has consistently said the time is not right to discuss a new one". It adds that Wenger waited until the final year of his last contract before signing his current deal in August 2010.
Asked about his future at the start of this season, Wenger gave a rather calmer reply. "I will assess my own performances and then make a decision," he said. "If I don't do well, I have to consider my future."