Arsene Wenger will not be facing the media ahead of their Tuesday night Premier League tie with Swansea various sources have confirmed. It appears the Frenchman is keeping things behind closed doors in the wake of their humiliating 6-0 loss to Chelsea.
The Gunners will be looking to close the gap with their London rivals and regain some confidence with a win at home to Swansea in midweek. Wenger has consequently cancelled the usual mandatory press conference and will be spending the time on the training ground with his players.
It is also thought the Gunners have been asked to avoid social media with no news from either the clubs official twitter page or any personal accounts.
Wenger will be conducting an in-house interview that will be made available to the press instead.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn feels Wenger is protecting his players best he can from the media but has been speaking his mind (with frustration) behind closed doors.
He said on talkSPORT:
Arsene Wenger is protecting his players [in the press] because he knows he’s got a big game coming up in mid-week [against Swansea].
Inside that dressing room I’ve heard of late he’s been furious with them at times. He’s angry with the way they haven’t performed when he’s put real trust in them.
I don’t blame Arsene Wenger for the Chelsea defeat. I blame the players. You can work on certain things in training but, when you’re out there, it’s up to the players to organise.
Certainly things are not rosy at Emirates, but the Gunners have to maintain focus on getting back on track after a demoralizing weekend. Luckily they’ve got a chance against a struggling Swansea side this week.