Wenger blames the sunshine for Goodison horror show

Last updated : 21 January 2006 By Chris Parry
His weather report went like this:

"The first half was difficult for our defenders because we had the sunshine to contend with and a lot of long balls from Everton. The sun was in our eyes and many times it looked as if our defenders had either not seen the ball or seen it late."

He also said:

"It was a frustrating game, and it was difficult to play football and we couldn't get into our game. Credit to Everton they battled very hard and made a physical combat of it. Once we were 1-0 behind it became difficult.

"We can have a lot of regrets on the goal that we conceded, and it was important not to go behind it a game like that. We tried to come back but didn't create much, certainly not enough chances when we did get into a position of being on top for spells.

On the sending off of Fabregas:

"I felt that Fabregas pushed, and he got a red card and that's the rule. But he was very lenient for Cahill because he pushed as well first and tried to catch Henry and got away with that. It was all a bit disappointing."

"I am worried about the Champions League place. We cannot get our results away from home right, we look fine at home. We seem now to be facing always the same type of game. And we have not found a convincing response to that style.

"You cannot say it was real football, they (Everton) refused to play in the right way. But they were efficient and when they went ahead it convinced them even more that they were doing the right thing. It is difficult because we face only that kind of game and we don't seem to have a response. We must be more muscular to get a result against that style.

"And I expect it to be the same next week at Bolton in the Cup, I invite you all to come and see a re-run of this game."

Er - No thanks Arsene - Perhaps we'll give that one a miss!

He is clearly aware of the problems that the team facse playing away from home and also aware of the solution, but he seems incapable of motivating the players at the moment - Why?

He now has one week before the Bolton game to explain to the players that not only do they get paid good money to give 110%, but that the travelling fans also pay good money to see them at least play and not just turn up.

This situation has got to change - and fast.