Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was shocked by Roberto Di Matteo’s sudden sacking at Chelsea.
The Italian boss was fired on Wednesday morning following a short spell of poor form, culminating in a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.
But Wenger admitted he was still taken aback by the decision.
He said: “I find it surprising and very sad, personally, because I believe it’s important to loyalty and Di Matteo has come in, in a difficult situation, and he has won the Champions League and the FA Cup.
“He has done well and wasn’t given any time at all this season so it’s a complete surprise to me. I followed the newspapers at the start of the week and I thought you were wrongly informed and I, once again, have to say you were well informed.”
And Wenger added it was also hard to understand why Di Matteo’s replacement, Rafael Benitez, had accepted a deal which only lasted until the end of the season.
He said: “Rafael Benitez is a guy who is a manager of stature and it is a surprise he has been appointed for such a short time. I’m surprised he accepted that.”