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The Wenger Book Of Excuses!

The Wenger Book Of Excuses!

Arsene Wenger's ready-made excuses are as laughable as ever. Now he blames the state of the pitch.

Seeing the pitch at Old Trafford yesterday was shocking I admit. It was a bit like the '70s and you expected thin men in those hilariously little shorts to occupy the playing field and start hoofing aimless long balls to each other.

Some two hours later, Arsenal reeling from a total humiliation, Wenger predictably blamed the pitch for the performance.

'The pitch is a disgrace. You have players worth £20-25million and you cannot play a pass without it bouncing.'

Now I accept that a bad pitch is a hindrance when a team reliant on smooth, fluid passing comes up against long-ball merchants. But dear old Arsene, even you, with your famously short-sighted glasses, cannot claim that we won by using dire long-ball tactics. How is it that only one of the smooth passing teams was hindered by the bad pitch?

And of course he did not condemn his players' disgraceful behaviour, no, he opted to attack Nani for his keepy-uppies.

'We were incensed and most rightly so.

'It is difficult enough to swallow when you are three or four goals down - you do not want to be teased or humiliated.'


Well, I'd offer alternatives. It's difficult enough to miss a penalty in the last minute against your fiercest rivals, you don't want to be surrounded and pushed and shoved by a company of bellowing pre-humans. Ot it's difficult enough facing the press without having to remove a pizza from your clothes before the interview. Or it's difficult enough to concede a last-minute equaliser, you don't want a 20-year-old midget from Spain shouting f*** off at you even if you are Rio Ferdinand.

So please, Arsene, don't talk about respect to us. Vieira's attack on Gary Neville in 2005 February? When you start to show respect to United, maybe you'll get it back. Until then - I know Fergie said Nani was disrespectful and he'll have a word with him. But I think that word should be 'well done son, but do not do it against other teams, they don't deserve it'.

Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday February 17 2008
Time: 11:34AM

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"I still thought we had a good enough team to have a chance but United were better than us. It is important to pick up and prepare for a massive game. My team is upset but they are strong mentally and will recover for Wednesday."........Thats what Wenger had to say after the game & doesn't sound to me like he is blaming the pitch for the defeat at all, however even you acknowledge that for teams who actually pass the ball (including yourselves) the pitch isn't up to much. I do agree about Wenger's ridiculous comments regarding Nani though, especially as Henry was just as bad when Arsenal were cruising games!!
Ashburton Gooner
17/02/2008 12:05:00
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lol the nani comment was the funniest i have ever heard, stupid ********
fenton_01
17/02/2008 12:16:00
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so what if nani does a bit of ball juggling,he can sit on it if he wants,but the pitch was shocking,to be fair your team is use to it,and three of your goals didnt come from slick passing moves.still five points clear though,and we wont roll over so easy come april,and you know it
fran merida
17/02/2008 12:38:00
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i expect better from you Zae. Wenger clearly said united deserved to win and they were better in every department. however he did have a point about the pitch and he was absolutely right, that wasn't an excuse at all, he only said how ***** ur pitch is which it was. and anyway keep cherishing this win, the FA Cup is all yu have now, the league is our's now, and in Europe, it's aybody's game..
luckys_10
17/02/2008 12:42:00
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did you also hear his reactions to th eeboue challenge? claimed he did not see it from where he was standing, im sorry but a blindman could have seen eboue was well out of line!
united4life
17/02/2008 13:40:00
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Arsenal areThe worst losers in sport. Everytime they lose or drop points its ALWAYS something whether starting on other managers (Jol, Pardew, cesc vs hughes) winging, diving, red cards, off the ball incidents, teammates fighting amongst themselves (a personal favourite of mine, bendtner vs ade whl 5-1 :) ) mass brawls (man utd countless times, chelsea ccfinal, newcastle at home) A disgrace to sport
HuddersfieldYiddo
17/02/2008 15:01:00
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just watch them fall apart at the seams
rooneyisgod
17/02/2008 15:10:00
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i don't believe this is quite what Arsene meant. He thought the pitch was poor, which it was, he said it hindered us, which it did, yet he also said that Man U were the better team on the day and that we were not up to scratch. Fair enough if you ask me. Injuries as another excuse, this can only be seen as fair. For you, you can only beat what's infront of you and you did, so credit to you, but you can not deny that we were severely depleated in quality.
ArsenalRob
17/02/2008 16:06:00
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Arsenal Are A Disgrace To This Competition....4-0 Should Have Been 10.....! I Wish It Had...They Didn't Try...!!
horseworrier
17/02/2008 16:17:00
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huddersfield####,everytime your team does badly you sack your manager......if that isnt the actions of bad losers i dont know what is,forever in our shadow
fran merida
17/02/2008 17:33:00
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