clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Arsene Wenger tosser or wally?

New, comments

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

via <a href="http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/07_02/ArseneWengerR_468x510.jpg">img.dailymail.co.uk</a>
via img.dailymail.co.uk



You might not have seen the recent comments from Arsene Wenger when asked about Paul Scholes. So I will fill you in. Here is a link to the entire article in the Telegraph. And here is the main quote I have a problem with. 

You ask me was Scholes a fair player: I say no,” said Wenger. “I’m sorry, for me he was not a fair player. There’s a little bit of a darker side in him, sometimes, that I did not like. I respect him highly as a quality player but I did not like some things he did on the football pitch and I have the right to say that. It’s not because you are older suddenly that you are a saint. “The regret I have personally is he was not always the fairest player.

 

First of all Wenger's complaints about guys like Fletcher have gotten old. We get it Arsene. You want your players to be able to run around and pass in beautiful triangles without being touched. Well guess what? Too f*ucking bad. Football is a man's game and tackling is as much a part of the game as passing and shooting. If you had a Darren Fletcher at the heart of your midfield you may have won a title in recent memory. I mean seriously Arsene. Get a grip. Tackling and defending isn't 'anti-football' IT IS FOOTBALL!!!! As much as attacking and scoring are.

 

Secondly Arsene, you used to be the boss in charge of the dirtiest team in the Premier League since Billy Bremner strapped on the boots for Leeds. How many red cards did the teams with Henry and Viera pick up? Yellow cards? More than any other team in the league is how many. By a large margin. So what? Now that your team is spineless and can't hold onto a title challenge once the weather turns cold you have realized the error of your ways? Nope. You are just a hypocrite.

 

Seriously. This is Paul f*cking Scholes. Paul Scholes!!!! He is the worst tackler in the league. And you could maybe argue he knows what he is doing. But calling Paul Scholes dirty? Or 'unfair' which is the word you used cause you are too much of a coward to say what you mean? That's ludicrous. Roy Keane Paul Scholes is not.

 

I mean no one asked you if he was fair. You were asked to talk about how great he is. How wonderful he has been as a player for so many years and how professional he has been to stay in top form all these years. If SAF was asked to talk about how great Viera was do you think he would go straight to the dirty player card? Probably not.Sure you went on to say nice things about Scholes as a player but sorry it's too late at that point.

 

Oh and sorry Telegraph hacks. The stats don't support Wenger. Scholes has been booked 81 times, 5th most in Premier League history, but he has also made over 400 league appearances. He has been booked at a rate of once every 5th match. Patrick Viera was red carded 8 times, twice as many as Scholes and he did it in just 259 appearances. Lee Bowyer has been yellow carded more than anyone in the history of the Premier League with 94 and he has done that in just 365 league appearances. Scholes isn't anywhere close to as 'unfair' as those two players. Or others like Keane, Michael Brown or Robbie Savage.

 

Paul Scholes is a class act on and off the pitch who is widely celebrated for his professionalism and ability and rightly so. Arsene Wenger is a has been manager who can't win trophies anymore and has always had an inferiority complex about United and our players. So I ask is he a tosser or a wally?