Arsenal boss going to war with media!

Arsene Wenger expects a few hard questions every now and then, especially when his Arsenal team are in a poor run of form or have suffered a bad result. The calm and collected Frenchman is finding it harder and harder to stay relaxed, however, in the face of increased pressure and what he sees as impertinence and bad journalism.

Yesterday he gave a press conference and was asked by one reporter whether the defeat by Bradford would affect Theo Walcott’s decision about staying at Arsenal and signing a new deal or moving on. If looks could kill, the journalist would be lying in an oak box right now.

“I don’t understand your way of thinking. I cannot see that. How should the Capital One cup impact on the desire of the player to be part of the long term future of the club?

Wenger has had to deal with accusations that he called `lies` about a rift between himself and his assistant Steve Bould this week. He stopped just short of storming out of his post match interview on Tuesday when asked if it was the most humiliating defeat of his Arsenal career, and he has abandoned any pretense of respecting the opinions of the people questioning him.

I can sympathise with him in a way. We all want answers to certain questions, but Wenger feels, as many before him have, that he deserves more respect from the media. Nobody, except the Sainted one of the purple nose, Alex Ferguson, gets to enjoy the respect that success and hard work should bring from the football media. They jump on a story and make assumptions without any basis in fact, then expect the managers to answer them happily.

The fact that Wenger’s temper is showing is, for me, a good sign. Hopefully he will channel that aggression and make sure the players know what is expected of them. Reading could be the recipients of a fierce backlash on Monday, just as West Brom saw a much better Arsenal after two dismal performances raised the pressure on the Gunners boss.

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50 thoughts on “Arsenal boss going to war with media!

  1. leo

    if Theo was staying he’d have signed the contract by now. He’ll be in the shirt of another top 5 team by next season i don’t think it’s JUST about Theo not playing as a striker. He wants more money, it’s blatantly obvious

    as for ivan gazdis wtf do you do wtf do you do
    in gazdis/board we rust

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  2. Alex

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  3. leo

    el shaarway is a target for many clubs & there is no way milan will let him go unless someone pays crazy money i hope we can sign him still wenger also said he will suprise us with messi lol

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  4. Alex o

    El sharrawy, Cavani, Diame, Fabregas, Hummels, Willhelms

    Sign these!

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  5. leo

    did anyone see fellaini headbutt shawcross about time the rugby players got one back wenger sign him

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  6. Goon-Tah

    “You think they don’t care and they go home and think they had a fantastic game? They do care. Don’t worry,” Arsène said. “I have had groups who had fantastic results who were less serious than these players, believe me; players who were less focused than this team. Of course these players are hurting.”

    Just because they’re hurting doesn’t mean anything really! I can imagine Sir Alex saying (put in that Scottish accent), “I know my players are hurting, but this is just a disgrace. It’s totally unacceptable to our fans, who’ve been hurting for 7 long years. I apologize!” Next thing he would do! Chamakh, Gervinho, Bendtner, Park, Djorou, Squillaci, etc will be just a memory…

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  7. kay123

    arsenal may get guardiola. man utd may get mourinho. imagine that…

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  8. No more excuses

    It’s hard when ur having to stand in front of sum1 whose askin questions like that …. Especially when u have no real excuses . He’d be better takin it on the chin , admitting he was wrong with his “philosophy” and that he would work with the board to right the wrongs – which are all money and ambition orientated . If he said that – then asked for support then I for 1 would respect him and be happy to let him sort the problem out with all my support (just my personal feelins). It’s the arrogance and lies I hate most – if wenger can’t work with the board then he should resign and spill the beans – then he wud go bak to bein a legend in my book . He Wudnt lose much money (if any) cos Madrid , psg etc would be interested . The lies and pantomimes he cums out with simply has to stop . Any1 else feel embarrassed for him ?

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  9. leo

    (ADMIN COMMENT – LEO Stop writing random comments. Either discuss the topic in the post or you will be banned)

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  10. goonercrouchy

    Arsene Wenger has done awesome things for Arsenal Football Club but the manager’s job is just too much for him now. RVP was in majestic form for the Mancs again today and that must be really hurting him. We’re a selling club now. The goalposts have moved. He should leave before he is damaged even further.

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  11. Terry Norman

    I see losing control of your emotions as a sign of weakness. Simply put, if you’re not in control of yourself how can you be in control of others?

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  12. leo

    Another bonus to Fellaini incidents, he’ll probably be BANNED till window opens in 2013. Nice & fresh for move to Arsenal

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  13. AndrewArsenal

    ok i just want to point out to people who want wenger out because he wont spend money and never has to look at wengers first teams. he spent big money on henry viera petit berkamp overmars etc

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  14. Sank

    He realy looks pissed in conference when reporters asks about his failures. he walked away in the interview agst bradford.

    wenger please change your attitude before it is too late.

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  15. Robin Van Payslip

    It is the pre Reading game press conference. Wenger is uneasy as he knows there will be alot of difficult questions -

    Wenger: Yes, you there with the huge gut

    Fat reporter: Do you think Gervinho has.not lived up to the hype?

    Wenger: What hype? I have bottles of wine that cost more than him

    Gervinho is in the crowd of reporters. He raises his hand

    Wenger: Yo combover, go practice your shooting skills

    Gervinho runs off

    Wenger: Next

    Reporter with pink shirt: Is it true that in 99, after the game.with Utd at OT, that you knocked on SAF’s door naked

    Wenger: Look, how many times? I got locked out!

    SAF: But there were no locks on the door

    Wenger: Where did you come from?

    SAF: We won today so instead of a debrief I thought I would pop in on your press conference

    Wenger: Look Mr ‘I drink lots of Vodka’ you know I thought there was a lock on the door

    SAF: Why no towel

    Wenger: You know what my dermatologist said

    SAF: That you should walk around OT naked?

    Wenger: Thief!

    SAF: No he begged me!

    Wenger: How dare you! RVP was fine until you turned his head!

    SAF: Didn’t take much

    Wenger: Homewrecker!

    Another reporter buts in

    Reporter: Wenger, Why were you naked in OT in 99?

    Wenger: How many times? I got locked out!

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  16. Essien

    Very simple! If any manager ISNT motivated by the money, (7.5mil) a year, he would have walked away after copping this much stick from the fanbase andmedia. And i also think wenger has some dark secret wit aron ramsey. Wen we win a match without him, it hurts wenger and he starts looking forany way to get him back in d team! Dont be suprised u wil see ramsey in goal in one of this coming matches! JUST ANYWHERE TO KEEP RAMSEY IN THE DAMN TEAM! I noticed it since last season that WHENEVER A MATCH was deemed as a MUSTWIN, U wont see ramsey anywhere near d team! E.g against chelsea, where we won 5 to 3, against AC MILAN second leg, against west brom, last day of d season, he finally dropped him for coquelin! Even this season, more recently against Montpellier and westbrom on saturday. I could go on and on! Go do ur own research dear Admin and u wil discover dat wenger knows what hez doing wit ramsey. HE, WENGER(gambling too much) is our Problem AND HE KNOWS IT deep inside! Thats the second reason(After d reason of his huge salary)he WIL NEVER QUIT! So I say ‘WENGER OUT! And take ur gay partner(or whoever he is to u) ramsey wit u! Gervinho should be ur bodyguard as u go! OUT!

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  17. RSH

    Wenger’s had more than enough. And I think him and the board deserve the media criticism they are getting. They tell the fans nothing, and all we can do is wonder why our club is doing so badly. So I don’t think Wenger should be surprised if the fingers being pointed at him. Wenger and the board need to stop pretending everything’s okay.

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  18. Essien

    Very simple! If any manager ISNT motivated by the money, (7.5mil) a year, he would have walked away after copping this much stick from the fanbase and media. And i also think wenger has some dark secret wit Aaron ramsey. Wen we win a match without him, it hurts wenger and he starts looking forany way to get him back in d team! Dont be suprised u wil see ramsey in goal in one of this coming matches! JUST ANYWHERE TO KEEP RAMSEY IN THE DAMN TEAM! I noticed it since last season that WHENEVER A MATCH was deemed as a MUSTWIN, U wont see ramsey anywhere near d team! E.g against chelsea, where we won 5 to 3, against AC MILAN second leg, against west brom, last day of d season, he finally dropped him for coquelin! Even this season, more recently against Montpellier and westbrom on saturday. I could go on and on! Go do ur own research dear Admin and u wil discover dat wenger knows what hez doing wit ramsey. HE, WENGER(gambling too much) is our Problem AND HE KNOWS IT deep inside! Thats the second reason(After d reason of his huge salary)he WIL NEVER QUIT! So I say ‘WENGER OUT! And take ur gay partner(or whoever he is to u) ramsey wit u! Gervinho should be ur bodyguard as u go! OUT!

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  19. jon

    On a different note. Barca is about to give Xavi (who will turn 33 next month) 3 year extension.
    That’s how you treat club legends, reward them.

    Let’s compare it to Sagna who is 29 years old but Arsenal is only willing to give him 1 year extension because of our pathetic policy of not giving players who turn 30 more than 1 year contracts. This will cause Sagna to leave.
    Sagna has been the best RB in the league last few years and you can make an argument that he is one of the best right backs in the world if not the best when he is on.

    Is that how we treat our legends?

    Well, Wenger and the board did make sure to give Ramsey nice contract though. Djourou also got a nice contract extension last year and believe it or not is making the same money as Sagna. That alone just baffles me.

    Makes you wonder what the hell are the people in charge of Arsenal thinking???

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  20. caribbean

    @TH14
    Strange…theonly reason why you know that leo is on every post is because you are on every post…so i guess u need a life too…just saying..
    I have said that before and i will say ita again.the media especially in England just dont like Wenger…The find millions of excuses for the red nose reindeer(SAF) but very quick to get on Wengers back

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  21. gunner

    the media only seem to target teams that have foreign managers, and when the team is doing bad the media quickly criticise and question the manager and often show no respect what so-ever and try to expose even the smallest fault that there is in the management.
    but when a team with a British manager is doing bad, it’s like; all is going well and the team are doing fantastic.
    let me give some examples
    harry redknap – he lost a 10 point lead to us and lost champions league spot but no criticism was directed at him.
    alex ferguson – when his side got hammered 6-1 by their rivals, no one dared to say anything and instead the media said is was a bad day at office but if it that happened to arsenal it would be the end of the world.
    martin o’neil – his team are doing terribly even though they made a lot of signings and they are in relegation zone but no one is questioning his management where as arsene wenger gets slaughtered day and night.
    And teams with foreign managers such as wigan, man city and chelsea and of course arsenal get shot in the face with the slightest dip in form.

    i guess this is all because of prejudice and discrimination towards foreigners by the media which can be proven even further when english pundits and journalists constantly say the PL needs to have more english players. but how can the clubs buy english players when there’s hardly any quality english players. Kenny Dalglish bought english players and paid ridicolous amount of money but they were all flops. the media completely over rate english players; for example liverpool paid 18 million for Henderson where as we paid 15 million for cazorla. liverpool paid 35 million for Carrol where as we paid 12 million for Giroud.
    a new player that constantly gets unnecessary praise is zaha, don’t get me wrong he’s a great prospect but the media over rate him and call him the next messi. i have seen the guy play he has good dribbling skills, speed and final ball but my god! he doesn’t pass the ball and often attacks are broken down by his selfishness.

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  22. Doc

    I agree with you jon thats been one of our problems for years. I know we had a new stadium and couldn’t keep a bunch of over 30s to retire for nothing. Its something we need to change now maybe Rosicky will get the honour but I think damage is done with Sagna now. Looks like that young RB from Toulouse in the picture now.

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  23. leo

    @caribbean agreed dude the media hates wenger while the likes of fergie,martin o’neill(overreated) are media darlings i mean after so much spending money on sunderland team(15m on feltcher) they are in relegation zone no asks that old fart when he is going to quit all they can see is wenger

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  24. Doc

    I feel Arsene prides himself a bit too much with the media and has to come away very clever.When he is not thats the problem. Needs to lighten up SMILE and say I got it wrong for a change. A good leader will bring himself down a bit and show how really good he is.

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  25. leo

    yeah the media mainly target’s non-english managers rafa/mancini/wenger but has they ever questioned burger king kenny over spending 35m on carrol,henderson,downing what about alan pardew new castle are struggling big time despite having such a great squad tony pulis’s rugby style is appreciated while twitcher harry despite droping a 13 point lead remains beyond media reach total hypocrisy i say

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  26. Invincibles nice (1)

    I agree, it shows hes not content.

    Must say that i loved hearing Dennis Bergkamp say of rvp, hes a judas, in referring to him as robin van judas, and this is from his compatriot. Bergkamps a Gunner!!
    I have been sick of some Gooners still with there lips pressed upon rvps ass by saying they cant blame him for leaving wa wa wah, Wengers a **##*# wa wa wah.

    I loved hearing further that Bergkamp has never lost faith in Wenger and still rates him one of the top managers around. Dennis’s opinions i respect very greatly so hearing himself along with Keown, Romford Pele, King Henry, Charlie, Merson and more state there Knowledgeable beliefs firmly in Wengers favour, gives me realisation on my own support towards Wenger not being misplaced.

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  27. Bum

    Spot on @gunner! The football journalism in this country sucks and they love to attack Arsenal! There was an article that said that Man U could cope with extending their stadium so how come we can’t cope with BUILDING OUR OWN STADIUM FROM SCRATCH!! That was written by a ‘journalist’!! He writes for a living?! Again today, SAF’s successes show AW that there’s no reason for lack of achievement. No mention of all the money Man U have spent or our stadium build! Is this serious? Why am I no the richest man in the world? Why am I not married to a model? According to this journalist we should all kill ourselves!
    I think one of the reasons is defo the manager being foreign. The other is they know Arsenal ‘fans’ will go crazy and attack their own team!! How stupid do you have to be to think that attacking your own team helps?? I don’t know about other clubs but Arsenal has so much of this negative energy that its little wonder the team is poor at home.

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  28. LoCkAy

    He is not entering a war with the media…
    He is just upset and annoyed that they are right this time :-)

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  29. Invincibles nice (1)

    Yiz are nit picking now, Wengers usually the coolest customer of all when dealing with journalists.

    An area where he very rarely doesnt make much sense, yiz are seeking.

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  30. Uche Edochie

    War with the media? He will lose. He has himself to blame. He decided seven years ago that money is more important than trophies. So he stood bye and did nothing while our best players were sold for a lot of money and replaced with rubbish. He loves the money but he would rather come out acting like a victim. Rvp did not betray him. He betrayed rvp by keeping a talent like him while refusing to pay him what he is worth. He betrayed rvp by surrounding him with average players who were not strong enough to go the distance and win. Rvp is smart. In a few years time, he will look back and see a few trophies in his cabinet and a ton of money in his bank account. Money and glory. These are the two things that players crave but cannot get in arsenal. Wenger has seen nothing yet. Let him continue down this path and the media will have a field day making every single negative article they write about arsenal and wenger.

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  31. Doc

    To be honest I am not giving up on Wenger but he needs just a little bit of pressure to get out of the rut and spend a few pound without selling top players, and the media is our best chance of getting through to him. Im hoping the media pressure will help our problem. Can you think of any other way of cracking that lot. Great time to happen, early season just before January transfe. Lets do the rest of the judging end of season.

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  32. Ene (kc)

    AW promise of splashing cash on Jan. is due to the money he hopes to make from Theo not from board. We know him that he can’t buy unles he sells. The most anoying fact is that he wil sell an establshd player and buy an unkwon rat. Therefore, to me am not excited to hear that he wil splash mony cus I know that we wil loose our star player.

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  33. philthompsonsnose

    If you are on 1m or 7m per year it doesn’t really make a difference.. it’s still too much money to spend.
    Give AW a break he is feeling the pressure because he cares about this club.. If he didn’t care he would have gone 3 or 4 years ago when the French national side or Real Madrid wanted him!
    The reason AW gets a roasting from the press is because he believes in doing things right and not allowing the mercenaries of this world to bully him or hold the club to ransom..most of the time the media are playing devil’s advocate with him hoping to get a response.. (it’s always good news) and when he bites they push more… its all a game to sell more newspapers!!!
    The saying ‘no player is bigger than any club’ should be adhered to and we should stand up and respect AW for dealing with these primma donnas in the decent manner!Nasri,Clichy, Van P, Anelka, Hleb, Cole. to name but a few.
    AW philosophy is honour and respect…we at least need to give him some until the end of the season..

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  34. vinie2000

    S.O.S to all real gunners..its in fact true that arsenal got a salary policy but by no MEANS and i mean ..BY NO MEANS we have to let SAGNA go as RVP..he’s with no SHADOW OF A DOUBT ..the best RB we ever have so is the EPL and europe..professional..figther..2 broken legs and he’s passionate,his heart on the pitch every single game as none in that mediocre team we have right now.I made a big banner for next home game ASKING FOR SAGNA TO BE KEPT AT ARSENAL…let’s make it a priority all you true gunners..let’s bring more banners and make this pathetic board to reward a player who knows what the colors of arsenal and history means.Any followers? Lets show our apprecitaion for the man

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  35. Sureli

    Some of you have lost your mind! 75% of you posting these uneducated comments became fans of The Arsenal because of Wenger. Some of the most beautiful football you have ever seen was masterminded by Wenger, and now you have the audacity to type these lame comments behind your keyboards!
    Shame that you call yourselves Arsenal Fans!

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  36. raquel

    He speaks 6 differents languagues but cannot understand that Arsenal are in crisis

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  37. Doc

    Fellani would be a class signing. Can play anywhere in midfield and is not eurpean cup tied am i correct

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  38. Big Gun

    @jon You said it all. Funny how most of the AKB’s thumbs up whenever a pro Wenger statement is posted, but you never see them writing anything positive as to why it should be thumbs up for Wenger. 56 Thumbs up for in Wenger we trust, yet we do not see any comments from these fans? Tell us why we should continue to trust in him? He has dug his own grave and his continual stubborness and lame excuses just make it deeper.

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  39. Gunblast

    The oldman had had enough just let him go!!!.The problem is he does not know when is the right time.His record goes from admiration to horrible. Sack him!!! he’s theory and approached is irrelevant anymore.

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