In today’s Mirror they have an exclusive story with quotes from Gilberto about Arsene Wenger’s reaction to last Sunday’s events at Upton Park. He says the players were ‘scared’ at the reaction of the boss who is usually so mild mannered. He said:
We know the manager and we know that he is very polite and calm. Something very bad had happened to make him react like he did. After the game, Mr Wenger didn’t talk to anyone. As it wasn’t a problem involving the players, he decided not to discuss it with us.
The Brazilian then laid the blame squarely on Alan Pardew, saying:
Of course, he could celebrate the goal, but not in the offensive way he did. That is what made Wenger react.
With the news that the Friday press conference has been cancelled for the first time in Wenger’s 10 years at the club there’s obviously serious bad feeling on the manager’s part not just with Alan Pardew but with the media. Having a press conference today has no bearing on whatever happened between him and Pardew so you have to think that the way the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion is a factor.
Also, if it had just been a case that Pardew celebrated in an OTT manner there surely wouldn’t be any issue with Arsene nearly a week after so it does make you wonder if something was said. There’s been a veritable wall of silence from around the club since Sunday and there’s no sign of it letting up.
Paul Jewell, Wigan manager and fat cunt, has slammed Arsenal for not knowing how to lose. He says we claimed they kicked us off the park at Highbury when they beat us there. I can’t remember any such thing, all I do remember is them scoring a late goal to go through the final which they lost 4-0. I also remember beating them home and away in the league. You get the feeling that a couple of the English managers are quite happy to stick the boot into Wenger now knowing he won’t reply and all because he’s not interested in the ‘custom’ of having a drink with the opposition manager after the game.
Better to be honest and never go than some of these cunts who’ll fawn all over Ferguson and the like after taking it up the arse at Old Trafford yet again.
Anyway, hopefully we’ll hear something from him before Sunday because at the very least our own players deserve to be talked about by our manager. I’m not sure where that leaves for team news and so on but no doubt arsenal.con will get the info up later.
Moving on to something more positive and uplifting. Emmanuel Adebayor has been talking about life at Arsenal and how much he’s enjoying it here. He says:
I am not here to say I do or do not deserve a starting place, just to enjoy it when I do. I am from Togo and five years ago I was playing without shoes in Africa. Today I am playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and loving it – I am just going to focus on doing my job.
Lovely. He came with a bit of reputation but we haven’t seen anything to suggest he’s a guy that will cause problems. So far he’s scored some important goals and we have to remember he’s only 21 and has plenty of time to improve his all round game.
Finally, in this segment, I just wanted to let you know the contempt in which I hold this story from ‘Eat Sleep Sport‘. ‘Eat sleep shite’, more like. A classic Newsnow hitmaker. Although I’m sure you all know it’s complete made-up bollocks it does no harm to make sure. Fucking morons.
So now, it’s Friday which means it’s arsecast day. In the week’s show there’s a 2 part interview with Perry Groves who’ll be talking about his book ‘We all live in a Perry Groves world‘, nearly playing for Ireland, his favourite Arsenal memories and more. There’s a competition with thanks to the arsecast sponsors, classicfootballshirts.co.uk, where you can win one of 3 posters that you can see here. There’s also Arsene Wenger Hawkins and a bet of the week with thanks to bluesq.com.
And that’s that. More tomorrow with a preview of the Liverpool game (if we have any info to preview with!).