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Wenger hits out at press intrusion

ESPN staff
January 22, 2013
Arsene Wenger refused to discuss what was said in the wake of Arsenal's defeat by Chelsea © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has refused to discuss reports into the aftermath of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, branding the level of press interest and intrusion into what is said behind closed doors at the club "ridiculous".

Wenger, who also insisted that the club was never in the hunt for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, railed against a report that suggested he had called players in for a 'real talking to'.

Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Wenger was asked if the report was a fair reflection of how he dealt with his squad following a dire first-half display at Chelsea. Defeat left the Gunners 11 points behind their London rivals.

"I don't talk about what has happened since that," Wenger said. "We live in a world where you do not need to come into our sleeping room to find out what happened.

"We have to inform you, but don't forget that your job is first to judge us on what happens on the football pitch and not every day what is happening inside.

"It becomes a little bit ridiculous that every single moment of a football club has to be absolutely public and explained. We have to stand up for our performances and not everything we do inside the club."

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