After a crushing defeat at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger said he felt humiliated by the 8-2 defeat. Despite receiving strong criticism from every corner of the world after the match, the Gunners boss is in no mood to quit.
Already under pressure over the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger has to face more flak as his team faced the biggest defeat of this year's English Premier League and is at 17th spot with -8.
When asked whether he has had a worst game as manager of Arsenal, Wenger told Arsenal.com: You don't think like that after a game like this. It is terribly painful but you do not compare your pain. You have pain and that is it. I feel it was under very special circumstances. We have played three games in the Premier League and two Champions League games. It is not a time to make a balance of the whole season.
Of course it hurts, it's humiliating, but you could see that we had not recovered physically in the second half from Wednesday night. We were short in some areas, that is for sure, he added.
About Manchester United's performance on Sunday, he said: They have class and they punished us. It was 3-1 at half-time and I think that was harsh against us. We missed a penalty, we had a chance to get back to 3-2. We tried desperately to get back but we opened ourselves up and were punished. Their finishing was great today.
Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola extended his support for Wenger saying, We have to remember what he (Wenger) has done for football in general, Arsenal is a great team.
Guardiola, who snatched Arsenal's key player Fabregas, said: It's not just the departure of Nasri and Cesc but also (Jack) Wilshere's injury that means he can't play and all the other injuries across the squad.
Arsenal has always been a team that has played very nice football. In sport there are many good things that have nothing to do with winning or losing, Guardiola added.