Last Updated: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:44
Arsene Wenger says he did not want to risk Jack Wilshere at Aston Villa as the Arsenal fans chanted 'you don't know what you're doing'.
The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon to leave them further off the pace in the title race and the fans vented their anger after Wenger replaced Olivier Giroud with Francis Coquelin in the final moments.
Wenger was reluctant to discuss the fans reaction after the game and bit back at the media when he was quizzed about it.
"I don't want to comment on that. I do my job and do my best for the club," Wenger revealed. "I leave it to you to judge. I try to be as good as I can be.
"Is it hurtful? Look, I have managed for 30 years at the top level and I have to convince you I can manage the team?
"How many games have you managed? I promise you if you manage one I will sit in the stands and chant 'you know what you are doing!"
The Gunners fans clearly wanted to see Wilshere come on to the field of play as they searched for a winner but Wenger says he did not want to risk him in bad conditions.
"I decided that Jack was to be rested today and to not bring him on," he explained. "It's more dangerous to bring him on in weather like that when he's tired. It made sense for him not to play today."
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