Oh Arsene. It’s getting a bit sad now. Not even the battle in the skies above the Hawthorns could distract from the humiliating defeat meted out to Arsenal on the pitch, with Wenger’s side losing 3-1 to West Brom. At this point not even Arsenal Fan TV truly reflects the frustration felt by the club’s support.
Getting out-tacticked by Tony Pulis is a bit like being beaten to an Oscar by Michael Bay - both men are successful at what they do, but neither are masterminds of their respective fields. Yet Wenger found himself out-thought by a man who thinks it’s entirely normal to stand while holding a press conference. And you thought Bayern Munich was the nadir of his Arsenal career?
The Gaffer Tapes
Manchester City may have just all but conceded any chance they had of catching Chelsea at the top of the table, but Pep Guardiola was in no mood for commiserations. “You cannot imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager,” he said after the 1-1 home draw against Liverpool.
“I am so proud. After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don’t talk too much.” But Guardiola’s joy wasn’t exactly authentic. Did he slyly knock back a Xanax as he walked up the tunnel at full time? That’s surely the only explanation for a press conference that also saw him describe the size of John Stones’ stones.
Mind Games Corner
“We will probably lose on Sunday,” Jose Mourinho insisted after Thursday’s Europa League win over Rostov, puffing out his cheeks in a huff with the Premier League, the FA, UEFA and anyone else who dare schedule a game for Manchester United to play.
On the basis of his starting line-up at the Riverside, Mourinho also set up his team to lose. Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were both left on the bench as he rotated his United squad. Ultimately, it was just what was needed, though, as the visitors won 3-1, with a little help from Agent Victor Valdes. Well played, Jose.
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