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Wenger: Im To Blame For Pires Injury

Wenger: Im To Blame For Pires Injury

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he blames his own poor decision not to rest Robert Pires in the 2002 title and fa cup run in, for the Frenchman's horrible injury.

Arsene 'The Wizard' Wenger says he could see that Pires was weary but still made the choice to play the 2002 Player of the year.

Speaking in the live web chat yesterday, Wenger made the admission.

'I have made many wrong decisions and I will give you one example. When Robert Pires got injured in 2002 on the left flank he was the best player in the world. That week I had decided not to play Pires against Newcastle but the closer we got to the game the more I thought I would play him because if we won that game we would nearly be there [in the FA Cup]. I changed my mind 24 hours before the game and then he got injured.'

I went home and thought I was stupid because I should have done what I had planned... He missed the World Cup and I feel afterwards it was a bad decision. It is not fate because I was convinced it was time for him to be rested because he had shown signs of fatigue, so your coordination drops and then you get injured. Deep down I knew I was right not to play him but I was weak when it came to pushing the decision through.' Wenger confessed.

I personally feel Wenger is being far to hard on himself and taking his fatherly responsibilities a bit too far.

The injury Pires suffered was as a result of a dodgy landing, nothing more, any player, fit or otherwise could have suffered the exact same fate.

I guess this goes some way to prove the ultimate responsibility he feels for his players, and how it plays on his conscience when things don't got right for his boys and red and white.

It is things like this that set apart from other managers, and why I wouldn't swap him for anyone in the world.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday October 4 2006
Time: 2:39PM


Too right, it was a freak. Unfortunately I'll always remember those scummy Geordies spitting on him on the stretcher. In fact they were a disgrace all day, they wrecked up Finsbury Park and I saw a lad of about 13 with his grandad get a bottle thrown at him by a Geordie. I hate this myth about them, if you've ever been to St. James' Park it's as quiet as any other ground, and do you know what the attendance was at their UEFA Cup home game? 27,000! Pathetic!
Little Dutch
04/10/2006 14:49:00
Thats harsh! They sound like the words of a guilt filled man!
04/10/2006 14:49:00
before the injury "THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD"
Youngest in Charge
04/10/2006 14:52:00
The "thats harsh" comment wasnt aimed at Little Dutch, it was aimed at Wengers comments about the injury being his fault.
04/10/2006 14:59:00
Like everything else I guess there is good and bad in all sets of fans. I had a very nice experience of some Geordies signing me into their supporters club bar on one visit to St.James' Park and they were as good as gold to us in there.
04/10/2006 15:16:00
This shows WENGER is class personified
04/10/2006 16:01:00
If he claims to be responsible for Pires' injury, he is also responsible for turning the careers of Viera, Henry, Cole, Bergkamp, Overmars and about 30 other players careers around. He's the best there is
04/10/2006 17:03:00
sometimes managers have to gamble and i dont think he deserves all that blame.
04/10/2006 17:23:00
i just have one regret that we lost robert pires after that injury, agreed he became a better goal scorer after that game and was still the best midfielder in the country for the next two years till our unbeaten season, but something went missing from his game after tat injury, and if only he hadnt suffered tat injury, we wud have been champions in 2003 too..
04/10/2006 18:00:00
Pires was poetry in motion and I agree with Wenger when he says that Pires was the best before injury. I think its scary if you consider the his career stats before and after injury. He was unstoppable.
04/10/2006 20:53:00
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