Arsene Wenger made it clear ahead of our match with West Brom that he takes responsibility for any decisions that haven’t worked out this season.
With our match against the Baggies approaching on Thursday, the team will be hoping to ‘bounce back’, as they always say, from our 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. The result was just another in the long list of disappointing performances we’ve had this season and an increasing amount of Gooners have turned on the manager.
Many believe that he doesn’t take responsibility for his actions and tends to blame a number of other variables, such as the referee and bad luck, but the boss insists this isn’t the case.
“Every time it doesn’t work, you question yourself,” he said.
“[Regrets are] part of your job. Of course, in the end, it’s always down to me, so I have to stand up to that.”
“Last night, when the teams are committed like Newcastle, it’s a difficult championship. You have regrets at the end of the season. If you look at the games against Crystal Palace and West Ham, we were not efficient enough in the quality of the game we produced. That always gives you regrets.”
As far as taking the blame for our form, it’s reassuring to see that Wenger is at least swaying a little bit and admitting that he’s messed up. There’s only so many times we can blame the team, especially when the team has changed extensively over the last 10 years.