Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has accused Arsene Wenger of "sheer arrogance" following his side's FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn.
Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere all started on the substitutes’ bench as the Gunners slumped to a 1-0 defeat, which ended their cup run at the fifth round.
Colin Kazim-Richards notched a 75th-minute winner to stun the hosts, and, speaking on his Absolute Radio 'Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Show' after the game, Wright laid blame for the defeat solely at Wenger’s feet, reports Goal.com.
“You have to blame the manager for the sheer arrogance of not putting enough into the competition,” Wright said. “The fact is when you’ve got your manager talking about fourth place [in the Premier League] being the only priority, why are the players going to be any more up for it?
“The manager has made it clear that the FA Cup is something he is not bothered about, but what he is missing is that the FA Cup is something that is worth winning. It’s a great day for the fans.”
With Arsenal 21 points shy of Premier League leaders Manchester United, FA Cup elimination leaves the London club hoping Champions League victory can end their trophy drought.
The Gunners host runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.