Wenger Bombs Media

Much of today’s post will feature words from Arsene himself, as he brutally enacted some degree of revenge on the media while also defending William Gallas.

Arsene Wenger: What is more funny is that, when we get kicked, some people say before the game ‘we know how to play Arsenal, we have to kick them’ and nobody in the whole country is upset by that. I am absolutely amazed that people get away with it. When we get kicked and lose the game, the question I get from the press is ‘oh, you did not fancy that’. But nobody is upset or shocked by it. When we are kicked they find that it is absolutely all right.

Fabregas has two clear penalties at Bolton and one or two here. At Bolton there was what happened after when they pulled his hair and stood on his neck. Why is no one sensitive to that? Does that not make a story? You wonder why. We saw it three or four times when we watched the tape afterwards and we spoke about it. How can that not be a penalty?

And with those words, Wenger delivered a stunning attack on the state of English reporting of sports. These were words that were clearly on the minds of many Gooners over the years. One minute, they praise our football (something that they should most definitely respect) while casually mentioning that Wenger’s teams racked up x amount of red cards. Their initial instinct was to protect Martin Taylor for his horror tackle, and Gallas gets flayed alive. The tackle made by Gallas was nowhere near as high as Martin Taylor, and when viewed at full speed, you can even understand why Alan Wiley didn’t give a free kick, even though it was most definitely a foul.

So, there’s your lazy journalism. When we win, teams didn’t “pressure” us enough and gave us too much “space”. When we lose, we don’t “fancy” it and we were “closed down”. The fact that they merely reported on Arsene’s comments and did not attempt to defend themselves says it all. It’s borderline worthless to read most of the English press. We only do it to glean some stories that concern the Arsenal team directly rather than for their analysis of our games. It only took one tackle to turn us into a potentially nasty team, but that’s more than fine by me. We have the three points and Bolton have none.

But Wenger also revealed this quote about the media:

“But I don’t get upset any more. It just glides over me.”

Exactly. Most Gooners have tuned them out as well.

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2 Comments

  1. Oh – if we’re quoting Wenger – how about this one?

    “the passion and commitment of the English game. You have to ask yourself if you want to take that out of the game here. When I watch a Serie A game, I’m bored after five minutes. If you want totally clean football, you’ll get bored.”

    – Arsene Wenger in February 2002, just after Oleg Luzhny earned their eleventh red card in 37 matches that season.

    HYPOCRITE

  2. Hypocritcal cunt.


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