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Wenger: We Are “Not Ready” To Compete In Premier League

wenger-head-in-handsNot sure what was more stunning. The way that Arsenal’s makeshift defense played against Liverpool on Sunday or manager Arsene Wenger’s comments afterward that the Gunners were not ready for the start of the new Premier League season.

“Physically we are not ready,” Wenger said.

“You’re in a catch 22 situation with the Euros because you give the players a rest. We are not ready to play this kind of game and they get injured like Ramsey today, or you give them a rest and you start the season without many of your players.”

Asked why his side were not ready when others clearly were, Wenger answered:

“Because we had many players at the Euros and they played very late in the Euros.

Ramsey, Koscielny, Özil, they went to the semi-final, Giroud. We had four players who went very late.

“We are not stupid, and we prepare with the players we have, but I think as well we need to consider we’ve been a bit unlucky as well.

We have lost [Per] Mertesacker and Gabriel in the preparations and Koscielny is not fit.

You have to accept sometimes that you cannot control absolutely everything even if you try to be as intelligent as possible.”

Wenger gambled by playing one of those players and the move backfired as Aaron Ramsey limped off with a hamstring injury on the hour mark, minutes after Adam Lallana had put Arsenal 2-1 down.

Iwobi left soon after with a thigh injury, and with a trip to reigning champions Leicester City up next for his side, Wenger admitted that he doesn’t know when his side will be physically ready to compete.

“We will try but when they have not [got] the volume of the level required they get injured,” he said.

“You could see that we dropped physically today. It was a game of contrast between two halves but I felt as well that mentally we kept going and we have been absolutely remarkable on that front.

We had 15 minutes where I believe the first goal was a big shock for us, we didn’t see that coming in the first half, and maybe we didn’t recover too much from that.

“I don’t know, we have to be ready next week because we got to Leicester, and I see first what we can do with the players who are preparing at the moment and how many players are injured today for next week.”

What do you think of Wenger’s comments? Is it just a case of getting players back from the Euros fit and playing again?

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Jason King August 15, 2016, 2:46 am

    Spend £35 million pounds on a player who starts on the bench, was unsuccessful with all six of his attempted tackles and got booked when he did come on, did not buy Lacazette who scored a hat-trick at the weekend and won’t spend market value on Mustafi……..I think it’s clear what the problem is. Teams who want to win the EPL invest in their teams….ask Mourinho, Guardiola and Conte.

  • mukwaya robert August 15, 2016, 2:23 am

    11 years of excuses , we ar tired of Mr.Wenger and the entire silly board

  • Peter Kenny August 15, 2016, 1:05 am

    It is absurd that Arsenal is still stuck with a ‘sickly’ Wenger up to now. He always presents lame excuses for embarrassing losses! Now, if he claims he is not ready for EPL yet, does he expect to start the season in October after losing like 6 games???!!! I wish he knew that points lost are never regained!!!!

  • fbcharles August 14, 2016, 7:20 pm

    Wenger you’re very stupid with that your comments. point of your correction say you’re not ready for the new season not we are not ready. When others club are buying players you’re keeping your forefather money. Almost arsenal supporters were hypertensive because of your selfish interest.

  • Abubakar August 14, 2016, 6:01 pm

    No any top player will like to play for arsenal as for Wenger is there, because Wenger just love to be among the four tops teams in London, Wenger is not planning to win any major cup,once arsenal finished in top four is ok with its,

  • TAJ AZIZ August 14, 2016, 5:42 pm

    Stupid arrogant manager who think he knows all when he is just below average manager who only thinks of how much comission he’ll make by not buying looser mentality arsenal will never improve with him managing just thinking of making money for kroenke and the stupid board he should be ashamed and f…..k off

  • Pop-Gunner August 14, 2016, 5:29 pm

    …We need to be rational in reacting to one defeat to a good Liverpool side who will probably challenge the top four this season…

    However – it is the Managers job to get the team/squad ready for the season and in my opinion the squad is fundamentally unbalanced – too many midfielders and not enough attacking or defensive quality…and to say that the team are in ‘inexperienced’ or .not ready’ when you have been in charge for 20 years is baffling? If the team are not ready then surely the time spent commenting on the Euros this summer could have been better spent rectifying that?

    The priority transfer business over the summer should have been at the back & up front…then if we had the time/money then fine get another midfielder – but to spend an estimated £30million on a player and then admit you don’t really need him by putting him on the bench? Again, baffling…

    …and where are the players coming through from the Youth set-up? After 20 years and all the money spent on the Arsenal Youth set-up why can’t we produce for the first team squad? Specifically, why can’t we produce a CB in 20 years at least as ‘cover’ within the squad? Is it because these type of purely defensive players just aren’t rated at the Arsenal anymore?

    …it’s only one defeat, but after 20 years in charge if the squad ‘isn’t ready’ for whatever reason then the manager needs to take more responsibility for that failing…

  • gooner4life August 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

    I think those comments just show how inept wenger is he knew players were going to the euros and would need time to recover so why did he not make more effort to sign additional players who could come in as cover. He should be ashamed of himself surely it is his job to get the team ready he is getting paid enough. Other teams had players at the euros yet they are ready for the season.He should do the honourable thing and resign so we can get someone who can prepare the team to compete. Or the board should sack him.Looks like it will be a long difficult season for us fans.

  • Raymond August 14, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Wenger is a fool

  • Saddeeq Musa August 14, 2016, 5:16 pm

    The manager always have excuse to give, but his excuses are no excuse at all…. Just go on shopping bring in new players so that there will b competition amongst them. The money is there, and money is meant for spending not keeping. I believe will he will spend the money wisely coz he has been doing that… Bt it’s too early to start loosing points, gunners we have to wake up. Arsenal forever, n in Arsene we trust but do the thinkable please.

  • Abubakar August 14, 2016, 5:10 pm

    Wenger what ever you are call,you are sleeping not knowing what you are doing go home and sleep,football is charging you don’t want to charge. You are well beating all round of the game

  • Comfort August 14, 2016, 5:08 pm

    You had all the time in the world to make the team ready Mr Wenger. To me this is a sign of failure. I think he better resigns before his good name is dragged on the mud. He knew he had players involved in the Euro and some of them got injured long time ago. He had all the time to buy experienced players. You are lucky Mr Wenger that the fans and supporters have not yet boycotted the games. But I can see it’s coming.
    One of the good days you and your reserves will be chearing your first 11 in the field with no supporter. Watch the space

  • Comfort August 14, 2016, 5:06 pm

    You had all the time in the world to make the team ready Mr Wenger. To me this is a sign of failure. I think he better resigns before his good name is dragged on the mud. He knew he had players involved in the Euro and some of them got injured long time ago. He had all the time to buy experienced players. You are like Mr Wenger that the fans and supporters have not yet boycotted the games. But I can see it’s coming.
    One of the good days you and your reserves will be chearing your first 11 in the field with no supporter. Watch the space

  • Muluneh August 14, 2016, 5:02 pm

    It’s obvious to complain for club’s manager and staff. Do Arsenal big club? If so, show me how. Past history may not work as strength of the club for ever. Sadly, it is Arsenal that cannot learn from the past mistakes. Arsenal are managerless, presidentless, … finally they may become fanless. Bye Arse!!!

  • Dattijo Aliyu August 14, 2016, 4:57 pm

    I thing he is talking rubbish, sagna played for Manchester city yesterday. So what is he saying? I believe wenger is just saving money for the club, that statement that we are not ready , will earn him a sack by any responsible management. Because the management are happy he is saving money for them, they do not care. How can a man who always make the same mistake for the past 4years still remain in the same club. How I wish the supporters will boycott their remaining matches until the management listen to them. Is signing cheap players, inexperience players like asano, holding & the Nigerian teenage quality signing or what will they add to the team. Wenger is a miser and his playing with every arsenal lover’s emotion. My suggestion he should be sack now, since he has admitted we are not ready for the leaque

  • Blama Saa Doe August 14, 2016, 4:44 pm

    I am really disappointed in the coaching style of Wenger.He is killing the dream of this Arsenal team slowly.He must be reply before this team goes to relegations.Look how long has it taken him to getting defenders as though its his personal cash he has to spend.

  • Geekaybee August 14, 2016, 4:20 pm

    The Euros were 2 months ago. Wenger you played the wrong team. Wenger you did not buy in a top centre back. Wenger you have always got an excuse.

  • Ewolo Ubama Eric August 14, 2016, 4:20 pm

    Pls tell Arsene its not a matter of get unlucky.Stop making our hearts bleed and stop spoiling our weekend. Invest in more players as others are doing.For Christ’s sake there are a host of players out there can will improve our team so stop these lame complaints and get the signings we need.You can’t tell me Isco,Rodriguez,Mahrez,Lacazette,Icardi,Mustafi,Kalidou and soo many others are not good enough to strengthen Arsenal.Spend a 100 plus so what? It’s not your personal cash.The fans pay the highest tickets prices to see a better football game .Wenger do something fast before its too late pleeeaaassseee.

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