Arsene Wenger has leaped to the defense of his squad, after they were criticised by Gary Neville following their 3-0 loss to Manchester City.
Neville described Arsenal as spineless and an absolute disgrace for their display at Wembley. And the former United man slammed a few players at the club.
“You could find that [walking] on both sides,” Wenger said. “You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think.
“You find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track. You have to analyse why. Has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.
“Of course, the players gave me everything. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough.
“Did we lose the game because of that? I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.
“We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence. You have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight.
“We have to live with the criticism, it’s part of the modern game. People who comment – their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond.”