Arsene Wenger has hit back at his critics following Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
The Gunners coasted to victory thanks to a Theo Walcott hat-trick and two goals from Danny Welbeck.
Wenger was forced to watch the game from the stands, as he begins a four-match touchline ban and believes his critics will think his punishment is not harsh enough.
“I do not want to judge the judges. I got a sentence and I decided not to appeal to just get this behind me,” he said via The Guardian.
“For those who don’t like me, any sentence will be too lenient. They would like to put me in jail somewhere without any heating in the middle of winter – and that would still be lenient.”
Wenger also paid tribute to his side after they blew away Southampton and admits he has huge strength in depth in attack currently.
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“When you score goals it looks good from everywhere,” Wenger said. “It was good to watch, we had a good game, a good dynamic and we were always very dangerous against a young Southampton team.”
“You look at [Lucas] Pérez and Walcott and Danny Welbeck, and I have Sánchez on the bench as well, that exceptional quality.
“For a long time we have not had that offensive quality available. The problem will now be to find the right combination and use them well in games, without destroying the balance of the team.”
Welbeck and Walcott will certainly have given Wenger food for thought as Arsenal prepare to take on Watford on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s mouth-watering clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea.