Arsene Wenger Won't Quit Arsenal: Premier League Managers' Quotes of the Weekend
On a remarkable Premier League weekend, humiliated Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was forced to rule out resigning as Gunners manager, while Roberto Mancini still had bones to pick with his Manchester City team despite their 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur.
Following their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle admitted star centre-back Gary Cahill wasn't in the right frame of mind after Arsenal saw a bid for his services rejected.
Here are the quotes of the weekend from Premier League managers.
Arsene Wenger: I Won't Quit Arsenal
Admittedly humiliated following his team's 8-2 annihilation by Manchester United, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vowed not to leave the Gunners.
Asked whether he would resign, Wenger insisted: "No. Of course, it hurts. It is humiliating. But we've played three games and you should give me more time to say if I have got it completely wrong."
The Frenchman also recognised the need for new players, telling the BBC: "We have to find the right players and if we do we will sign them. We have the money and if we find players to strengthen the team we will do it."
He then defended his ability in the transfer market, and demanded more time at the Arsenal helm.
The Gunners boss since 1996 said, "I try to make the right decisions and the two players we sold [Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri], I brought them to the club. In 15 years I have brought some good players.
"You know me, so you should give me some more time to see if I have got it completely wrong."
Roberto Mancini: I'm Disappointed with the Goal We Conceded
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini couldn't hide his disappointment with the goal his team conceded, despite destroying Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at White Hart Lane.
When quizzed on his side's performance, the Italian tactician said: "It was perfect apart from the goal that we conceded."
And when told it was a rather harsh assessment of City's win, he responded: "We played very well, fantastic football on a difficult pitch against a strong team like Tottenham."
However, he still couldn't hide his disappointment, and continued: "But it is my opinion that we should pay more attention to set pieces because it was the (second time we conceded a goal from a header)."
Harry Redknapp: This Is the Worst Preseason I've Had in Football
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has bemoaned his Spurs side's start to the Premier League season following his second consecutive league defeat, in which he has seen his team already concede eight goals.
Redknapp said to the BBC after the defeat to Manchester City: "I think the biggest problem is there has been too much talk of our players leaving. I think it's been a really unsettling preseason."
"It's probably the worst preseason I've ever had since I've been in football, I've not enjoyed it one little bit."
The Spurs boss also revealed Luka Modric asked to be left out of the game with Manchester City amid reports that Chelsea have launched a new £40 million bid for his services, and admitted the Croatian midfielder's head had been turned by recent speculation.
He told journalists in the post-match press conference: "I played Luka today even though he came to see me before kick off and he told me he didn't feel his head was right."
"His head's been turned. It's probably been turned again last night. We all know what goes on in the game. Anyone who thinks he's not being told what's going on is dreaming."
Paul Lambert: Chelsea Are Disrespectful
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert was left raging following his team's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, claiming that a Blues coach went into the visitor's technical area.
The former Borussia Dortmund man fumed: "I don't know who (the coach) is but he's flown right into our area. I'm not fluent in Portuguese so if he understands Glaswegian then he might know what I said.
"You don't do that—it's disrespectful."
He also claimed Ramires dived to win the penalty, converted by Frank Lampard, which proved to be the turning point in the match.
Lambert said, "To me he's gone down before he gets a nick on the ball."
Andre Villas-Boas: Paul Lambert Can't Hack Pressure
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas started a war of words with Norwich City boss Paul Lambert, hitting back at suggestions that the Blues are disrespectful after a Chelsea coach apparently invaded the Canaries' technical area.
The 33-year old gaffer hit back and said to Paul Lambert: "You just can't hack the pressure."
He then added, "I know Paul was excited, not only with that. It's difficult to control your own emotions on the bench."
"But I would find it very, very strange if my technical staff would be disrespectful of Norwich and maybe they were just showing some emotions.
"If Paul can't handle that, I'm sorry—unlucky."
Owen Coyle: Gary Cahill Affected After Arsenal Bid
Following his team's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle conceded that his side defended poorly, and admitted key centre-back Gary Cahill has had his head turned after Arsenal had a bid rejected for his services.
Such poor defending could've partly been due to Gary Cahill's performance, as Coyle revealed: "I do think (the Arsenal transfer speculation) had an effect on him today."
"It's probably the first time I have seen him not be the normal outstanding lad that he is. But that can happen to anyone."
And when quizzed on Jordan Henderson's spectacular first goal for Liverpool, the Bolton boss said, "It was a great finish from Jordan Henderson, but that's why you pay £20 million for players, exquisite finishes like that."