Wenger ‘not ready’ to leave yet as Arsenal beat Hull
Gunners boss says comments made about his future have been 'misinterpreted'
11 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a 2-0 win against Hull at the Emirates this afternoon
ARSENAL 2, HULL CITY 0
ARSENE Wenger insists any suggestions that he is ready to walk away from Arsenal have been “misinterpreted”.
The Gunners boss was talking after watching his side grind out “a fortune win” against Hull City this afternoon (Saturday). It was a tale of two handballs at the Emirates Stadium – both of which went in Arsenal’s favour.
But after the game the buzz in the press conference was all about remarks made by club legend Ian Wright. Speaking on BBC Five Live on Friday night Wright said of Wenger: “I get the impression that that’s it. He looks tired. I feel that he will go at the end of the season.
“He actually mentioned that he is coming to the end. I have never heard him say that before.”
Wright made the comments after spending Thursday evening with Wenger at a questions-and-answers session with members of Arsenal’s Diamond Club.
The Frenchman, however, said the pair never discussed his future.
“We had a little dinner before but it was not the two of us. There were four or five of us,” he said.
“Mark Gonella (Arsenal communications director) was with me as well.
“I could be tired because I get up early in the morning and I finish late at night so sometimes I am tired, yes. But I didn’t give any indication about my future.
“I appreciate very much that you want me to rest, absolutely, but I am not ready for that.”
On this occasion, Wenger may well have welcomed questions about his future, as it saved him from talking about what was, in truth, a very forgetful game against Hull.
The home side took the lead in controversial fashion nine minutes before the break. Kieran Gibbs’ shot was cleared off the line by Andrew Robertson, only to cannon off Alexis Sanchez’s arm and into the back of the net.
There was more controversy midway through the second half when Gibbs brought down Lazar Markovic. Despite being the last defender, the Arsenal man was only shown a yellow card.
“I took a chance with the challenge on Markovic. The ref said the ball was going away from goal,” Gibbs said after the game.
With Hull pushing for an equaliser, Arsenal struck a second in injury time. Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic came sprinting off his line as Sanchez went round him and picked out Lucas Perez at the back post, but the Spaniard’s goal-bound header was kept out by Sam Clucas’s arm on the line. Clucas was shown a straight red, leaving Sanchez to score his second from the resulting penalty.
“We were resilient, focused and organised, but a bit with the handbrake on as we were under pressure to win the game,” Wenger admitted.
“In the end perhaps we were fortunate to get away with a positive result.”
ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Perez, 82), Coquelin, Walcott (Elneny, 69), Ozil, Iwobi (Welbeck ’82), Sanchez.
Substitutes not used: Ospina, Gabriel, Monreal, Giroud.