The Straits Times
Published on Dec 03, 2012

Wenger under scrutiny after worst Arsenal start


LONDON (AFP) - Following the poorest start to a Premier League season in his 16 years as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger finds the wisdom behind his methods being questioned as never before.

Saturday's 2-0 loss at home to Swansea City was Arsenal's fourth defeat of the season, their third game without a win, and left them 10th in the table.

An afternoon that began with a fan protest against the Arsenal board ended with a chorus of boos, as Wenger stalked down the Emirates Stadium tunnel bracing himself for fresh questions about his capacity to lead the club.

Many supporters are aggrieved that Arsenal's reluctance to invest money in new signings means the players that swept the club to glory in the first half of Wenger's reign have not been adequately replaced. "It is more down to shareholders and that is not my job," Wenger said when asked about the resources at his disposal on Saturday.