• World Cup 2022

Arsene Wenger takes jibe at Germany for armband protest

Arsene Wenger
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The Mannschaft suffered an early exit from the World Cup in Qatar.

Arsene Wenger has implied Germany’s “political demonstrations” have contributed to their early World Cup exit.

The German players covered their mouths in a team photo before their first game in the tournament. The act was against FIFA’s decision to ban the pro-LGBTQ armbands.

Die Mannschaft went on to suffer a shock defeat against Japan in their first game. 

Hansi Flick’s side managed to collect four points from their remaining two games in the group stage. But that wasn’t enough to prevent their elimination from the tournament.

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“When you go to a World Cup, you know you can’t lose the first game,” Wenger said.

“The teams who have the experience to perform in tournaments like France and England played well in the first game.

“The teams who were mentally ready, with a mindset to focus on competition, and not the political demonstrations.”

Germany’s poor displays have increased the pressure on Flick as the Mannschaft’s boss. 

A few German outlets initially suggested the DFB (German Football Association) are searching the market for a new manager ahead of the Euro 2024. 

However, the Germans will most likely play the upcoming tournament at home under the former Bayern Munich manager.