Arsene Wenger claims his beleaguered players are hurting following the defeat to Bradford but insists they are serious about getting the club back on track in the Premier League.
Staunchly defending his squad, even though Ivan Gazidis and fellow board members admitted this week that things have not been good enough on the pitch, the boss even went so far as to claim that the current crop were more focused than some of their illustrious predecessors.
“I’ve had groups who had fantastic results [but] were less serious than these players, believe me.
“Players who were less focused than this team. Of course these players are hurting,” he continued.
“You think they don’t care and they go home and think they had a fantastic game? They do care. We prepare for games seriously.”
Sadly while focus in the camp may well be good on the training ground, it doesn’t take 16-years of coaching the club to realise that several current first teamers find it very difficult to put together consistent performances at the level required.
The ‘Invincibles’ may not have been as focused (hard to believe), but even if they were only concentrating half of the time they’d probably still beat the current group without much of a fuss.