Jan 22 2013
Arsene Wenger is disappointed that a list of club fines was published on Twitter, and has hit out at a perceived lack of privacy within top-flight clubs.
A visitor to Arsenal's training ground tweeted a picture detailing a list of fines the Gunners manager hands out to his players for a variety of offences - from tardiness to failure to wear appropriate clothing or footwear.
It is believed an Arsenal fan who is a friend of the Gunners' club doctor Gary O'Driscoll tweeted the picture following a visit to the club's training ground in London Colney. "It's more disappointing than upsetting," the Arsenal manager said.
"It's frustrating because I feel you have a right to privacy inside the dressing room. When that is not respected, it's disappointing. It was not malicious. It's more innocent. The intention counts for me and I don't think the intention behind that was anything bad. It's more disappointing than anything else."
Although Wenger was philosophical about the tweet, he is not content about what he sees as a general lack of privacy when it comes to coverage of leading football clubs like his own. "I don't talk about what happens inside the club," said Wenger.
"We live in a world that you do not have to come into our sleeping room to know exactly what happens. It becomes a little bit ridiculous now that every single moment of a football club has to be absolutely public and explained. We have to stand up for our bad performances, but not for everything that goes on at the club."
Meanwhile, Wenger has called on his players to show him what they are made of after admitting he has become concerned by Arsenal's poor recent form. The Frenchman has not won a trophy in seven-and-a-half years and his team currently languish in sixth, seven points behind fourth-place Tottenham and 22 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Wenger, whose team have won just half of their home games this term, admitted that morale in the Arsenal camp was low following their latest reverse - a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.
Wenger concedes his team's failure to deliver in big matches is a concern, and has called on the squad to bounce back with a win in Wednesday's London derby against West Ham. "What is worrying is just that we do not win the big games. The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall," Wenger told a press conference.
"We have to respond. I'm confident that we will but the team was very down after the Chelsea game. Tomorrow is a very important game for us. We have to transform the potential we have shown in the (last) two games into points and tomorrow is a good opportunity to do it."