Arsene Wenger has blamed the current housing market slump for his team's loss of form. At one stage, The Gunners were 5 points clear with bookies paying out on them winning the Premiership at a canter.
Wenger told Sky Sports that 'it was no coincidence that his team's slump coincided with the unstable economy, particularly in the housing market.
'My team were not focused, especially during the Champions League games against Liverpool; they were concerned about negative equity.
'My players live in Hampstead and other such affluent areas where the market is affected whilst in the North of England you can still purchase terraced houses for less than £10,000.'
Rafael Benitez refused to be drawn into a verbal spat, preferring to on the team and the final games of the English premiership saying that 'people in open plan designer glass houses should not throw stones'.