We are all in pain when Arsenal lose a game, but Arsene Wenger has told ESPN it can be particularly difficult for him to hear the team being criticised following a disappointing loss.
The Arsenal boss says it can be hard to take when we lose, but also insists that the pain is part of the game, and is necessary if you want to succeed.
“Maybe people don’t realise how much it hurts, but I think it hurts the fans as well. If it doesn’t hurt you will never survive in this game,” he said.
The Frenchman also revealed that he occasionally watches Match of the Day after a loss – just to see how the pundits react to the result.
“In the evening, I sometimes watch Match of the Day to see what happened here and there and to see how we have been perceived,” he continued.
“Sometimes I think it would be better to watch it with the sound turned down!
“It depends on my mental state. Sometimes I like to hear what they have got to say.The only thing that upsets me is if the intention behind [criticism] is wrong. I accept criticism when the intention is just a fair assessment. But when the intention is just to hurt, of course it is very upsetting.”
As a fan, some of the ridiculous opinions and comments that the pundits come out with are part of the fun of MotD. The rage, the derision, and the ‘How could you possibly be so stupid as to think that?’ is what makes the show so great – although arguably, Wenger may not enjoy that part of the game as much.
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You would also imagine that the 65-year-old has access to far more comprehensive replay footage if he wishes to see it, but would it be the same without the charismatic Gary Lineker and the shockingly dull Alan Shearer?