Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger threatened to walk out of his weekly press conference today after being questioned about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, describing the continued criticism of his side as "very, very, very boring".
The Gunners were beaten 3-2 at home by Olympiacos on Tuesday night, when stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina dropped a corner over the line and the defence then conceded a third goal immediately after equalising.
Arsenal - who next face a double-header against Group F leaders Bayern Munich - came in for heavy criticism from both media and pundits alike, with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane labelling the team as "weak", "soft" and "lacking winners".
Wenger launched an impassioned defence of both his team and his own tactics in deciding to select Ospina ahead of 2012 Champions League winner Petr Cech as he faced questions ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
"You come to the game, you judge the game and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that, I accept your judgement of how the team played and your assessment, but I don't have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions," the Arsenal manager said.
Arsenal's best and worst players in September
Arsenal's best and worst players in September
1/6 GOOD: Alexis Sanchez
Wenger admitted he was concerned about the form of Sanchez, fearing he may have brought the forward back into the fold too quickly following his exploits with Chile in the Copa America over the summer. However, a brilliant hat-trick against Leicester put such talk to bed and was one of the stand-out moments of September for Arsenal.
2/6 GOOD: Theo Walcott
Goals in four of the six games is a decent return from the England international and has reaffirmed Arsene Wenger's trust that he can play as the central striker. However, there's room for improvement from Walcott, with numerous decent chances going begging across the month.
3/6 GOOD: Mathieu Flamini
He only played two games during the month (and one of those was for just 21 minutes before he was taken off) but his contribution when he played the full 90 will live long in the memory of Arsenal fans. The French spoiler scored two goals against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup to earn his side victory, with the second an absolute peach of a finish.
4/6 BAD: David Ospina
Wenger has persisted with his policy of using his back-up goalkeeper for cup matches this season. Considering Petr Cech's arrival was hailed as providing this Arsenal side with experience and know-how in the biggest games, it was perhaps a strange decision on the part of the Arsenal manager. Whilst Ospina played in the win over Spurs, when it came to the Champions League he played two, lost two and conceded five goals. His howler in the 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos could be the defining moment should Arsenal fail to progress from the group stage.
5/6 BAD: Olivier Giroud
Scored half the number of goals of Walcott, but most notably, was shown a red card in the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. It came from two completely unnecessary bookings inside 40 minutes of the match and contributed to his team's loss. His subsequent suspension also meant Wenger was unable to call on the French striker when in need of a goal against Olympiakos.
6/6 BAD: Aaron Ramsey
Whilst Gabriel's stupidity in reacting to Diego Costa and getting sent off against Chelsea made him a contender to be among the worst Arsenal players of the month, Aaron Ramsey beats him to it for his lack of influence in midfield. Having started four of the Gunners' six games and come on a sub in another, the Welshman failed to provide a single goal or assist. Needs to be doing more.
"I make the decision that is right on the day and I am accountable on the results of my team and the way we play football."
When pressed to respond to the comments of Chelsea boss Mourinho that there was only one manager in the Premier League not under pressure, Wenger curtly replied: "Look, stop that story or we stop the press conference."
The Arsenal manager hit back at the sweeping criticism of his side.
He said: "I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very very, very, very boring. I don't go along with that.
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"If you have any interesting questions for Sunday's game I can answer, but apart from that let's not come back always to the same story.
"You have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. You come always with that same story... you can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal, he can make a mistake, you have to accept that. It's down to everybody. But if you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football."
Additonal reporting by PA
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