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Wenger, You Shameless Hypocrite

Arsene Wenger's ever-present bitterness about being consistently outshone by Manchester United occasionally surfaces and when it does, it does it in a very ugly and at the same time unconvincing fashion. This time he attacked Wolves manager Mick McCarthy for daring to shuffle his squad after an exhausting defensive performance at White Hart Lane which left his players dead on their feet by the end of the 90 minutes.

"It`s sad, but what can I do about that? We will compete with Manchester United over 37 games instead of 38. I believe it is a problem for the international credibility of the Premier League for sure, but it`s not my problem, it`s a Premier League problem."

But it could get even worse in the future! There's this thing, it's called the Champions League group stage. Each participating team plays six games and occasionally it happens that some of them win their group with one or two games to go. Now imagine that the vile manager of one of these clubs dare to field a team with an average age of until 21 for their last game which, incidentally, is absolutely vital for their opponent and for another club which is still harbouring hopes of progressing to the next round.

Following me so far? Well, let's say that this very young team loses that game and their opponent goes through to the next round courtesy of this victory. That would be despicable, wouldn't it? It would mean that the runners up had to face the REAL group winners only once, unlike the other two teams who faced the full-strength side of the group's best team.

Oh wait, this did happen? You don't say? Yes, it was a certain Arsene Wenger who played a combination of fringe players and untested youngsters at Olympiakos in their final group game. Arsenal lost which ensured that Standard Liége - with two losses against Arsenal's strongest XI - would have had no chance of going through even if they had beaten AZ Alkmaar (which they did not but that's beside the point). After all, it's only the greatest dream of many players to play in the Champions League knockout stages, to face Barcelona or Real Madrid and the difference between elimination and progress is merely a few million pounds which is huge money for a Belgian club. But sending out that team did not harm the credibility of the CL, did it, Arsene?

Yes, all the top managers do it. But at least they are not complaining when others do it. By the way, Arsene, you should show a little respect to the eleven players fielded by Wolves: you know, they put up a good fight and didn't surrender meekly. Dismissing them like that (37-game season, really) is just wrong. They did not play their Academy side, after all.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 17 2009

Time: 7:28PM

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Wrong. He's right - yes he's whining. But you'd be *****ed if the roles were reversed...
los_angeles_villan
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17/12/2009 19:49:00

Yes I follow you and I think that there needs to be ground rules set across FIFA if we're going to punish Wolves. When it's in the F.A Cup, Carling Cup or as you rightly pointed out in Europe it doesn't seem to matter, but one game in the premiership and it won't be dropped. Can the F.A prove that Wolves didn't in fact start a stronger side? Lets face it even with their first team out would it have shocked anyone if you guys beat them 4 or 5 nil?
bernio3000
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17/12/2009 19:52:00

Sir Alex must hae thought it was Xmas on Tuesday night!
merlin
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17/12/2009 20:14:00

Standard Liege didnt win whilst Arsenal largely outplayed Olympiakos and were unlucky to lose even with a second string. Personally I dont give a stuff that Wolves rolled over and let Man U tickle their tummies. The way Man U are playing, I would expect Arsenal to finish above them anyway.
gooner303
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17/12/2009 20:16:00

Who the heck are u to be mouthing off at AW? Cause u're an unknown fan dont give u the right start writing without respect.
Blunt G
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17/12/2009 20:37:00

The way we are playing gooner comes nothing near to the way your dropping points thus us being higher in the league than you. Once again i agree with Zae and especially Wenger he is one of the last people trying to criticise others team selection e.g. the Arsenal squad that practically let city walk through them
One United 23
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17/12/2009 22:53:00

We're all supposed to bend over because the london media thinks he plays football with "promising youngsters" and the "right way"? He is worried only about his club, doesn't give a rat's ass about the game. It's very insulting and demoralising to the Wolves team that did play that night to talk about them the way the media and the (ahem) professor is going on about it. Just because you can pass some one out of the park with a second string side does not make a difference if you end up losing and affect the results for other clubs adversely anyways. Wipe your own A***, Arsene, we got ours covered, thanks!
elvido
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18/12/2009 01:14:00

It seems as though Mr Wenger is already making excuses for yet another trophyless season.
khoder
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18/12/2009 02:58:00

Taking lessons from Fergie is working then
Tiny T
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18/12/2009 08:50:00

It just brings a huge smile on my face whenever I hear an interview of his.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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18/12/2009 10:11:00

Hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky for us.Milan are not the same team they once were but they still have enough players to cause us problems.Having the 2nd leg at home will have a bearing plus the return of some of our key players should in the end take us through.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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18/12/2009 13:38:00

Come on Milan
Tiny T
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19/12/2009 08:35:00

I love the assumption that the result would have been drastically different if wolves played their starting 11. We're not even half way through and everyone is already looking for their excuses as to why a crippeld united team are gearing up to stumble across the line as champions for the 4th year running. People keep telling us how ***** our team are - yet the so called superior teams keep ending up empty handed!
tuscan3000
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19/12/2009 14:28:00

I hope I find some positivity here inspite of the huge loss.I hope west ham do us a favour,even a draw would be appreciated.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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19/12/2009 17:11:00

Totally agree, theres so many flaws to his terrible personality its untrue.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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20/12/2009 10:39:00

gooner303 - Your arrogance amazes me. We are playing with soo many injuries right now its unbelievable. Wenger is a ****** hypocrite! The worst kind actually. He's constantly undermining every other competition besides the prem and he has the mouth to talk?
ForeverUnited
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26/12/2009 02:19:00

 

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