The Arsenal boss fielded a new-look team in the third round of the Carling Cup and after an early hiccup, the youthful team ended up comfortably bagging the win and progressing to the fourth round of the competition.
Responding to speculation on his future, the Arsenal boss said in a post-match press conference:
Whether I work here for the next 10 years or the next day here, I will give my maximum for the Club. I will let other people assess the situation. I focus on doing well for this club, that is all. I am not bothered at all by all this speculation.
I am completely focused on doing well. I can understand that people are unhappy and criticise but people are very quick to go overboard. I accept critics and I don’t say it doesn’t matter. I prefer it if people say I am good but I cannot complain when we lose a game and you are criticised. When we do well, we take all the plaudits so we have to take the blame when it doesn’t go well. But we have, on both sides, to take a little bit of distance.
It is good to the see the Arsene have the resolve to make sure he gets the gunner’s back on track amidst the media and fans giving him a rough tiem. After the performance against Shrewsbury I have every confidence that the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi have big futures ahead and could potentially be pressing for a first-team spot this season. Although in saying this it is not like we have been in this situation before…