Arsenal suffered a nightmare 6-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday, after which coach Arsene Wenger avoided the media as much as possible.
Eurosport is now reporting the club has canceled Monday's press conference as well, via its Twitter account:
After Arsene Wenger avoided speaking to the media on Saturday, Arsenal now cancel Monday's press conference.— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) March 23, 2014
Saturday was supposed to be a celebration, as Wenger would be coaching the Gunners for the 1,000th time.
But early goals by Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle and a highly controversial red card for Kieran Gibbs (which should have gone to another player) sealed the Gunners' fate, turning a would-be celebration into a nightmare afternoon.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho did speak to the press after the game, and he didn't mince his words, as shared by ESPN FC:
Jose Mourinho after today's 6-0 thumping of Arsenal: "We came to kill and in 10 minutes, we destroy."— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 22, 2014
The Portuguese mastermind had an easy afternoon as his team had their ways with the Gunners, solidifying their position at the top of the English Premier League table.
The loss all but killed Arsenal's title hopes, adding fuel to the fire for critics that point to Wenger's inability to win any titles for the club in the last few years. Piers Morgan was one of many who openly spoke out against the coach that was supposed to be celebrating a personal milestone:
The fools who say 'nobody can do better than Wenger' at Arsenal should note what Rodgers is doing at Liverpool. WITH THE SAME MONEY. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 23, 2014
Wenger shared some of his thoughts on the match, via Arsenal's official website, saying:
It was a nightmare and I take full responsibility for it. What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it.
The referee made a mistake because he missed the identity of the player. He has not seen what happened at all. He gave a corner. Maybe it was a penalty. But it was not Gibbs.
It leaves it in a very bad situation. But we want to respond. We had two difficult away games at Tottenham and Chelsea. If we had played two draws we’d have two points. Having won one we have three points. But today is a huge disappointment of course. When you don’t turn up in a game if this stature – nobody takes that easy
While fans and the press alike had questions for the longtime Arsenal boss in the wake of this devastating loss, the decision not to speak directly to reporters on Saturday and again on Monday is perhaps an understandable one, and we will have to make do with do with these quotes for the time being.
The Gunners will hope to rebound and put together a solid result when they host Swansea on Tuesday.