Arrogant Wenger to blame for Blackburn defeat, claims Arsenal legend Wright

The former Gunners striker says the Frenchman is “not bothered” about winning the FA Cup and claims the club’s exit from the competition is down to the manager

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.

“You have to blame the manager for the sheer arrogance of not putting enough into the competition,” he 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 north London club hoping Champions League victory can end their trophy drought.

The Gunners host runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their last-16 clash.

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