Wright: Wenger fans are deluded
St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas will ask David McCracken if he is
ready to return early from his fractured cheekbone against Hearts
as Saints face an injury crisis in defence.
Defenders Steven Anderson, Frazer Wright and skipper Dave Mackay
are out suspended while midfielder Chris Millar is also banned
after being red carded in the 1-1 draw against St Mirren last
McCracken had to have surgery after picking up the injury when
he clashed heads with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama during the
1-1 draw at Parkhead on November 11. Craig Beattie, Jamie Adams and
David Robertson are all injured.
Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson is unlikely to travel St
Johnstone and faces a meeting over his future on Monday after his
refusal to participate against Aberdeen.
Medhi Taouil (groin) is out of the trip to Perth, joining Danny
Grainger (knee), Jason Holt (ankle) and Jamie Hamill (knee) in
Arvydas Novikovas (ankle) could return after missing the Dons
win, Dylan McGowan is available again following a hip problem,
while Ryan Stevenson is fit after coming off at half-time against
Aberdeen following a head knock.
Wenger is facing one of the toughest spells of his 16 years at
the Arsenal helm following the shock Capital One Cup penalty
shoot-out defeat at League Two Bradford on Tuesday night and
inconsistent Premier League form.
The Gunners have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and
Wright says Wenger’s supporters are “deluded.”
Wright told Absolute Radio: “I wouldn’t say ‘surely he has to
go’, but it is a unique position he’s in because I think any
manager in any country in any world with a record like this and no
prospects of light at the end of the tunnel, they would’ve been
“People are holding onto the fact to what Arsene has done, and
people are saying he is going to tarnish what he has done, but I
don’t think that will ever happen.
“I feel there are a lot of deluded Arsenal fans who are out in
the wilderness still saying ‘in Arsene we trust’ and stuff like
“You hear him doing interviews afterwards saying, ‘I have got a
great team with a great spirit’, but we are not seeing that.
“He does not tell the truth for me, he does not say what is
happening. What is going on? Have you got any money to spend or
haven’t you? Is it the fact the board are giving you the money and
you are not spending?
“Is that too hard a question to answer for Arsenal?”