Arsene Wenger: 'Half of the team wanted to quit'
ARSENE Wenger has claimed "half the dressing room wanted to leave" Arsenal this summer and the hangover could be behind their poor start to the season. Last Sunday's 2-1 win over Sunderland lifted Arsenal back into the top half of the table, but the Gunners are already 12 points off the pace at the top and face a fight to reach the top four. Their early season struggles were highlighted by the shocking 8-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, coming on the back of a summer that saw key midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri sold despite Wenger’s insistence he wanted them to stay. Said Wenger: "You're preparing for a season where you don't know who’s going to come in, the players who are staying are asking themselves what's going on at the club, and you've got a pre-season tour of Asia." More in The New Paper on Wednesday (Oct 19).