If you were watching Peston On Sunday this morning, you may have noticed Robert Peston draw a parallel between Jeremy Corbyn – who was on the show – and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
An Arsenal fan, Corbyn was likened with the man under pressure in the Gunners’ dugout for a few reasons. These included their age, 67, being the same, a refusal to leave their post and “unhappy squads”.
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) March 26, 2017
Peston tried to put the idea to Corbyn, even asking whether he would make a better Arsenal manager than Labour leader.
The Labour leader’s replies varied from the tongue-in-cheek…
Jeremy Corbyn bitterly refutes parallel between Arsenal dressing room war and the PLP. "It's not true. Sanchez doesn't want to go" #Peston
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) March 26, 2017
…to honest appreciation…
"I've discussed literature and poetry with Arsene Wenger. He's a man of great depth." – Jeremy Corbyn #Peston
— PoliticsHome (@politicshome) March 26, 2017
…to what is probably just the truth.
Jeremy Corbyn: It is harder to manage the Labour Party than Arsenal @pestononsunday
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) March 26, 2017
Now clearly, the segment was a bit of fun for the TV – and good luck to Peston and his team for trying it.
However, not everyone was that impressed with the comparison.
— Rev. Paul Farnhill (@RevPaulCA) March 26, 2017
— Matt Turner (@MattTurner4L) March 26, 2017
Corbyn/Wenger mockery embarrassing and (would have thought) beneath you. Show some class – your audience deserves better than this. #peston
— Helen Porter (@Helen_S_Porter) March 26, 2017
Viewers thought Corbyn reacted to it pretty well, though.
Jeremy Corbyn dealing well with the ridiculous Arsene Wenger comparisons on #Peston ..
— Michael H. (@MichaelH14) March 26, 2017
It’s not the first time Corbyn has been compared with Wenger though – in fact it’s a bit of a recurring theme…
Corbyn & Wenger.. the two deluded Islington leaders who refuse to go when the whole world knows it's over.
Sad for Labour, sad for Arsenal.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2017
Two failed Islington dictators who refuse to surrender power. pic.twitter.com/XrATbKaS2l
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 24, 2017
Arsene Wenger: Jeremy Corbyn but French
— Oliver Souza-Faria (@OliSouzaFaria) March 11, 2017
Poor corbyn…the arsene Wenger of politics
— roy taylor (@sidrufdiamond) March 9, 2017
With the way that he's hanging on despite the worsening sitaution, there's more than a touch of Jeremy Corbyn about Arsene Wenger
— Ian Stone (@iandstone) February 16, 2017
To conclude then, it seems unless Corbyn or Wenger leave their posts – or the pressure on them eases – these comparisons will continue.
Perhaps the two should take heart from that though, after all – they’re in it together.