Wenger hits back at criticism of Arsenal's 'clueless' defence

The Frenchman says the post-match analysis of his side’s 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League was “a farce” after Paul Merson slammed their display

Arsene Wenger has responded angrily to criticism of Arsenal’s defence following their 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Arsenal raced into a three-goal lead and were on course to qualify for the knockout phase with two games to spare before allowing the Belgian champions to score three times in the second half to secure a point.

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, labelled Wenger’s side “tactically clueless” but the Frenchman has called the post-match analysis “a farce”.

“You have to defend well and attack well. Why should you stop playing one of the aspects of the game?” Wenger told reporters.

“These debates that I hear are a joke, a farce. People who have managed zero games, they teach everybody how you should behave. It’s a farce. Honestly, I cannot even be upset about it.

“Honestly, it does not matter to me. You say what you want. You are free. I managed him. I tried. I’m not interested in Paul Merson.”

Arsenal face Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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