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“Puzzled” Arsene Wenger cancels Monday’s press conference

Mar 24, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT

Britain Soccer Premier League AP

Standard protocol in the Premier League is that the manager of a club holds a press conference the day before a match. That won’t be happening at Arsenal on Monday, according to Sky Sports, after Arsene Wenger cancelled his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Swansea City.

The decision comes after Arsenal’s troubling 6-0 loss to 1st placed Chelsea on Saturday, a match that left Wenger admitting in interviews that he was puzzled before refusing to turn up for his post-match press conference.

“We felt we prepared properly, but we did not turn up, so it is puzzling,” Wenger told Sky Sports after Saturday’s match.

“After 20 minutes, it was game over and it became a long, dramatic and dreadful afternoon. That is the most disappointing, when you prepare with the intensity that we do, you then turn up for your game of the season and are never even in it.”

Wenger went on to explain that Arsenal needed to “think deeply” about the Chelsea loss and “respond in a proper way on Tuesday.” Logic says this is why Wenger has canceled his press conference. No need for further speculation. But the British press, always happy to run rampant with a loose storyline, is making Wenger’s no-show into a very big deal, with some outlets going so far as to speculate that the Frenchman could be retiring.

That’s a leap that we’re steering clear of. With Saturday’s result Arsenal are now 4th in the table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea, although the Gunners do enjoy a game in hand on the Blues. If Arsenal is to finish the Premier League season strong – and potentially add to their trophy cabinet for the first time in nearly 9 years by winning the FA Cup – they must regain their focus. A day off Sunday and full day at the club on Monday seems like the right prescription to make that happen.

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