Of course the Lord Wenger might have asked for more respect at some time, but I can’t recall it happening. The nearest I can recall him getting to this was after the 0-0 with Fulham when in the usual media scrum he was asked if he was happy with the tactics he had used in the match. He said, “Oh, I don’t know, I think I’ll leave that to you to judge. After all, I’ve only been in this business for 30 years.”
I thought of this on seeing the headline today to the effect that Ben E Tez of Liverpool Insolvency had said that he doesn’t get enough respect for his work in getting to the Euro final and winning it once on penalties. Now of course I would be inconsistent if I did not recognise that what he probably said was that he had been woken last night by a giant hedgehog called Boris and that he was thinking of playing the creature at left back in tonight’s game. But still, it seemed a bit rich to demand more respect.
But still (again), it is interesting that although the Lord Wenger has a reputation for his complaints during a game, the rest of the time he is the model of courtesy and patience. Not for him the endless whinging and whining of the Alex F Word camp about someone shouting from the stands. Not for him the endless excuses. Not for him the demand that people should treat him in a different way.
What he does say is that he is surprised that people haven’t recognised the genius of Denilson yet. He praises his players, and notes their quality and consistency. If someone wants to go, he lets that man go, perhaps with just a hint of a smile that reveals he knows that the player is going to do far worse away from Arsenal than with the club (Hleb and Flamini are the perfect examples).
If I were a supporter of another club I would be embarrassed by the comments of managers like Sir Alex F Word and Ben E Tez, as I would be embarrassed by the playing style of clubs like Blackburn and Aston Villa.
Which brings me to a different point. The game against Blackburn Rotational has now sold out, but it took a while, and had to go to a general sale. (Not that I spend all night on the Arsenal ticket web site watching how it goes, you understand). Clearly this isn’t to do with Arsenal’s approach because there is every chance that those of us at this game will see Eduardo and Theo play.
No, the reason is the rotational fouling that Blackburn brought to the game. I don’t know if they are still doing it, but that style is a killer in terms of interesting football.
It was introduced by one of the most disgraceful people ever to haunt the game – Mark Hughes known as Ooze – and was witnessed in full at the Milly Stadium in Cardiff during a cup semi final between Arsenal and Blackburn. It was a disgrace then and is a disgrace now. It is only outweighed by the fact that the failure of the referees to deal with it is an even bigger disgrace. (Feeling self get hot under collar so calms down)
Last point tonight. Yesterday a total nutter sent a comment to this blog which was lifted completely from a piece by the Wrighty7 blog. I wrote to the twirp who sent it in and said that I did not condone plagiarism in any form, and would not put it up. Twenty minutes later the same idiot sent in another piece, lifted from another site!
What bemuses me is this. What is the motive? If this were a criminal case and it was up before Chief Inspector Barnaby then motive would be a prime issue – but what on earth is the motive here? Did he think I was such an utter twango that I would not notice?
If you know, please tell me, because I am utterly bemused.
(c) Utterly Bemused, Lost-Beside-the-Logic. 2009
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