Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reacted angrily to comments from Alisher Usmanov – the club’s second largest shareholder – accusing him of showing a lack of solidarity.
The Russian billionaire slammed the Gunners boss for a failure to learn from mistakes made in recent games following the Londoners’ 2-1 weekend defeat at home to Manchester United.
Arsenal have endured a tough start to the season so far, with the loss at Swansea and the 3-3 draw in the Champions League with Anderlecht examples of the club throwing away leads to drop vital points.
Usmanov’s attack appears to have been taken as a personal one by Wenger, who says that such utterances should be made “face to face” behind the scenes, and not in the public domain:
“First of all, the 18 years I have been here I have shown that I can take criticism,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“Everybody has the right to have an opinion. Having said that, we have values at this club.
“The first one is when we go through a difficult patch, we show solidarity. That is a very important one.
“The second one is that, when you have something to say to each other, we say it face to face. We don’t need to go to the newspapers.”