Monday, April 24, 2006

Press Comments after Spurs Game on Saturday

Following his rant on Saturday over the Spurs goal scored by Robbie Keane, the Sunday papers are ripping into Arsene Wenger.

"Wenger and his players are not known for accepting adversity with a dignified sang froid. Can football ever have thrown up a better example of the pot calling the kettle black?" - Sunday Telegraph

"Wenger said he found Spurs' attitude "very, very disappointing, the first time I have seen that in Eng-lish football". Which is, perhaps, where [his] selective myopia sets in." - Independent on Sunday

"Forget Arsenal versus Tottenham, the most entertaining encounter at Highbury came when a certain Mr Pot met his mate Mr Kettle, as Arsene Wenger accused Martin Jol, his opposite number, of myopia, lying and 'stealing the game away'." - Observer

One more to show Arsenal in all their glory...
"Finally there were the most extraordinary scenes in the directors' box, with Arsenal's managing director, Keith Edelman, threatening to evict some of the Spurs party because of their celebrations. That was truly ridiculous, and a little shameful." -
Independent on Sunday

(Thanks to Oxygen on COYS Messageboard for these extracts)

Other remarks worth noting from the match reports:

'Spurs football in areas that invited a congestion charge was exemplary and, having extricated themselves from tight areas, they looked to spring the jet-heeled aron Lennon into threatening areas. The youngster was up to the challenge, a smart one-two with Keane taking him clear, but the winger could not decide between the shot or the cross.' - Trevor Haylett Sunday Telegraph

'Inevitably, the German goalkeeper was outraged - he makes Basil Fawlty look like Sven-Goran Eriksson on Valium - and Robert Pires also remenstrated with Davids, but no-one else seemed too put out until Wenger had his say, which included a claim that Jol was not to be believed when he asserted that he had not seen the incident. Can football ever have thrown up a better example of the pot calling the kettle black.' - Patrick Barclay Sunday Telegraph

' ....David's cross found an unmarked Robbie Keane, who tapped in. Cue outrage. Arsene Wenger, who is prone to the odd seizure of fury, angrily confronted Martin Jol and for a while they stood like rutting stags, squaring up to each other. Robert Pires sprinted 40 yards to throw a fist at Davids and Jans Lehmann ran 20 yards to barge into him. To his credit the Dutchman did not go down or respond.... (Pic: Davids took the brunt of Arsenal players' anger) Amazingly, Pires and Lehmann went unpunished. Quite why Davids, of all people, was to blame, only they could explain. By then there was enough righteous anger around to blind even far-sighted Arsenal players.' Rob Draper Mail on Sunday


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