Case of sour grapes for Wenger?
There are many things you can admire about Arsène Wenger, one of the best managers to grace the Premier League, but there are also many reasons not to, as many will point out that the Arsenal boss is a bad loser. More than a bad loser.
Arsenal were the better team on the day, but Wenger’s latest claims of cheating, accusing a certain player as someone ‘who plays only to make fouls’ and anti-football were just bitter and wrong.
Although he doesn’t admit it, the player who Wenger has described as someone who only fouls is Darren Fletcher. The Frenchman believes that the Scot should have got a yellow card, and maybe he did deserve one, but is it too little a thing to make a deal out of.
Just days after Eduardo’s dive in the Champions League where the Croatian was charged, harshly, Emmanuel Eboue, for some reason, decided that he should dive to earn a free kick, picking the worst possible time to do this. Patric Evra was no way near him and the intention for Eboue was to earn a free kick.
“I think it is difficult with diving,” he said. “Sometimes players dive to escape being hit. It’s not always necessarily diving because you want to dive. Sometimes it’s a way of getting out of the way. The borderline between being sensible, being shrewd or being a cheat is very slim so, in some cases, to assess which is which is very difficult.”
In some cases, it is difficult to assess diving. In Eduardo’s case, after that horrific injury and some contact from the goalkeeper, yes, it is difficult to assess. But for Eboue, it was not. As he lying on the ground, his arms were outstretched to the referee asking why he hadn’t been awarded a free kick.
It looks like a case of sour grapes for Wenger. Great manager but a bad loser. He did not deserve to be sent off in the final seconds of the game but claims of ‘anti football’ and a player ‘who plays only to make fouls’ were just unprofessional.