First the equalizer was offside (nothing to do with Almunia), then the tackling was a bit tough from Birmingham. Now apparently we have got to the real source of the problem, it was the fault of the pitch.
Not content with blaming opposing players, or on other occasions the referee, this time the pitch is to blame!
I’m surprised he hasn’t had a go at The FA for not banning the groundsman, or maybe he might suggest that they impound his lawnmover, forcing Birmingham City to buy some new and better pitch grooming equipment.
The pitch clearly wasn’t good enough for Arsenal, how insulting is that!
The clearly frustrated Wenger let rip in the aftermatch press conference after he got a question he didn’t like, saying,
“How is Fabregas? I don’t know. We will have to assess him tomorrow. But it was a bad tackle, one more. He got tackled at the knee, kicked just under the knee. We tried to take him off but he said he was all right.”
“Am I suggesting there were a lot of bad tackles? Leave me alone with that, for fuck’s sake.”
“You are always looking for controversy, you do not need me to tell you what happened on the pitch. I can give you my opinion about our game but you always create this controversy.”
In fairness to him, he did also say that Arsenal “had enough chances to have scored a second goal,” and in failing to finish Birmingham off, they left the door open.
After backing Almunia in January by not buying a new goalkeeper, when everyone involved in, or who watches football, could cleary see he needed one. Wenger has to accept his proportion of the blame as well. Arsenal can now no longer afford any slip ups at all.
This could have been the mistake that cost Arsenal the title.