Wenger Disses The Federation As He Klingons To His Job

Defence, it seems, was an optional extra for last night’s Champions League matches. There was an element of the Minions about the respective back fours whose attitude to the ball flying over their heads was, “Ooooohhhhhh!”, “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!”, and awe-driven smiles breaking out over their little yellow faces. OK, maybe they weren’t smiling; in fact, a few of them will be close to tears watching their mistakes this morning, including the £30m defenders.

Three managers passed their auditions for taking the Arsenal job. Roger Schmidt and Leonardo Jardim paid scant regard to the attacking quality of their opponents, leaving their back fours hopelessly exposed. Diego Simeone sat perplexed for a far part of the game, which is a familiar feeling at Arsenal, watching his defenders take the commanding lead built and almost throwing it all away. We can but hope the directors noted these credentials and the novel ways each manager programmed their teams to implode.

The current manager remains in situ but not for much longer. Although it’s not considered a landmark case, the FA decided to publish the written reasons for Arsène’s four-match ban. Not quite warp drive in doing so, was it Mr Scott?

Don’t Diss The Federation

Egged on by Moss Bros, the Taylor told the commission,

“Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement at the decision.

Before he said anything I said “think carefully before you say anything”. He responded by saying “you are dishonest to your federation”.

I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality. I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to “f*ck off” on two separate occasions.

Once Burnley had taken the penalty and before the game restarted I informed the referee, Jon Moss, what Mr Wenger had said and he subsequently dismissed Mr Wenger from the technical area.

Initially Mr Wenger wanted 5 to return to his technical area and I had to ask him again to leave the vicinity as required. He then chose to stand at the opening of the tunnel. I again approached him and asked him to go to the dressing room area.

At this point Mr Wenger pushed me twice and I had to ask the security staff present to escort Mr Wenger to the dressing room area.

At the conclusion of the match Mr Wenger visited the officials changing room and apologised to myself and Mr Moss for his earlier actions.”

Some time ago, a video surfaced of a young child at a safari park, watching the monkeys clamber of the car. I can imagine Wenger’s “F*ck off” was in a similar vein. As for being “dishonest to your federation”, God alone knows what that means. Arsène reckons this meant “questioning the “quality” of the officials’ decision-making but not the integrity of their decision making”. In other words, it means “you cheating boneheaded scumbags” but in a better educated way.

When Push Comes To Shove

As for “pushing” the fourth official,  there are varying degrees of physical contact but it’s hard to see Arsène doing anything more than a comedic John Inman touch of the arm. The real surprise was that Taylor chose not to take his lead from the players and go full-on Alcock with a comedy tumble. After the Di Canio incident, every pub he walked into, some clown must have tumbled over in comedy stylee; it would take years for him to have lived that down.

It’s certainly not the ‘rough and tumble’ you’d expect Diego Simeone to be involved with; that would be balaclavas and baseball bats, probably from his fanboys in the front row of the stand behind him. Diego doesn’t do the dirty work himself; he leaves it to others.

Anyway, it’s all over and done with now. Wenger dissed the Federation, got caught and had his knuckles rapped. He probably spent more on legal fees than the FA’s £25k fine; whether he considers it money well spent is another matter. Had he received a stadium ban, his claims that the players weren’t mentally ready for Watford might have had more credence attached to them; “they just slacked off as soon as they left for the stadium”.

Mind you, I recall reading somewhere that Anthony Taylor is a prison guard. If that’s the case, lockdown must take a hell of a long time. “But Governor, don’t send me to solitary; Mr Taylor didn’t tell me where I had to go!” “True, but you dissed the Federation and no-one gets away with that.”

’til Tomorrow.

69 thoughts on “Wenger Disses The Federation As He Klingons To His Job

  1. Hi YW many thanks for keeping the writing coming.
    The whole affair seemed blown out of proportion but that’s just my take.
    Diego Simeone ehhhh. I wouldn’t mind just for the fact he is a proven top manager seems to take no sh!t which these moddycuddled players, I need not mention names need.
    Still the sinless hierarchy won’t rock the stagnating ship so he will probably still sign a contract renual.

  2. Jonny,

    Thanks for that mate. I have watched him for Sevilla and he really is a joy to watch, he is certainly one of those players who just fits in a league and good for him for doing the business.

    He touches on the tactical and technical in La Liga and its one of the reasons why I enjoy watching other leagues so much; yes I love the PL and Arsenal but I love the futbol other countries leagues play more.

  3. Morning all,

    Great that N’zonzi has found something that works for him. Professional footballers at the highest level are not generally crap, they just don’t fit in the team or league they are in (or they are lazy buggers). We’ve seen world class players come to the PL and fail miserably, but then prove how good they are elsewhere. Players like Falcao and Shevchenko couldn’t cut it in the PL, whereas Torres was awesome for Liverpool but crap for Chelsea. It doesn’t mean they will suddenly work in the PL just because they have rediscovered their mojo elsewhere.

  4. Also claims, in the Times, that this has been the cause in his form dipping – I find that very unconvincing and convenient.

    Surely it would have been mentioned in some capacity, as a defence of/by the player, by now?

    “Özil has been playing through pain with back spasms which has caused his form to dip dramatically”.

  5. Thanks for the post Yogi, interesting and topical as ever.

    For all the good Wenger does on the touchline, he may as well sit in the stand at every game.

    In fact I’d be happy to see a reduction of he number of odds and sods allowed into the dugout. Pie eating Goliaths would be banned first.

  6. I have had plenty of them – I am just surprised that when Ozil was struggling for form and getting pasted by the press, fans and pundits alike not one person from the club, or the player himself, sought to come to his defence, explaining there were mitigating circumstances.
    Looks a bit retrospective to be claiming it now after letting them all go to town and saying nothing.

  7. Jonny,

    True but at the same time you saw the battering he took when he was sick for those 2 weeks. Problem is the reports coming out now don’t help but then again, this is Arsenal…remember Welbeck and Santi were reported to only be out a month

  8. Orson Kaert,

    True but also doesn’t help when the world is blaming you for the whole team being shit and your 8m euro manager doesn’t back you but throws more negative boulders on you.

  9. The one thing I did like about those managers is they weren’t afraid to attack, a sort of, “if we are going to go down, we will playing our style with a couple tactical tweaks”.

    I wonder how many people who don’t watch La Liga were surprised to see Athletico be so attacking?

  10. ESPN are reporting that club officials have denied the Ozil back spasms report and say that Arsene just gave he, Giroud and Cech a couple extra days off.

  11. Jonny,

    Yup.

    Remember we were told that Welbeck was only out for a month, turned out to be a year. Santi was only suppose to be out a couple weeks even though reports said it was long term and then well he is still out.

  12. Sorry to play devil’s advocate but if Ozil was injured he shouldn’t have been dropped no use carrying an injured player let alone against Bayern lord knows we needed that 3 man midfield anyway 🙁

  13. a 2year rest for ozil would’nt still make any difference to his present form, the entire team bar sanchez and kozza are really hitting marianna trench atm.

  14. C,

    yeah, kos has been a lil bit below sea level, but i’d still place him in the photic zone, right now it seems like the boat has been left to be rocked by alexis and his dogs.

  15. I see the doom and gloom purveyors are at it again.
    The team has lost form and so have certain key players.
    ALL teams lose form at one time or another.
    And it’s an historical trait with Arsenal.
    We are still in the FA Cup and likely to reach at least the semis.
    And we are in our usual strong position to qualify for next season’s lucrative CL.
    True supporters of Arsenal FC, regardless of form, will always toast the Club with a half- filled glass, unlike the fickle minority who seize on criticism of players, tactics and Manager at every opportunity. 😉

  16. Great post yogi.

    The pictures you have been using for the posts have been awsome recently. Not that they were not great before but they have been even greater recently. Using the Looney tunes and especially Wile E coyote is inspired. Did you know that one man, Mel Blanc was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil and my 2 favorites Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian. The only voice he did not do was the early Elmer Fudd but Mel Blanc also did him later. He also did Barney Rubble and Mr Spacely. He was clearly the most talented voice actor ever.

  17. Regarding Arsenal its a slow news day. This 2 week break is like an extra international break thrown into the schedule to make sure we are bored.

    For years we have been complaining that the squad needs more rest but if the last 6 weeks is any indication of how the team plays when its really well rested then I prefer them knackered. Players certainly need rest occasionally but we clearly use in need of a rest as an excuse far more then is reasonable.

  18. fabrechenko,

    Yea, Kos hasn’t been up to snuff which hasn’t really helped our defense at all. Actually to be honest, I think the left side with Gibbs and Kos has suffered and I actually think, while Nacho isn’t as good as he was last season, I think he has played quite well.

  19. Confirmed:

    Arsenal v Lincoln City
    Saturday, March 11, 2017
    Kick-off: 5.30pm

    Means the Leicester match is going to be rescheduled.

  20. Bill,

    Every now and then you absolutely surprise me; Foghorn Leghorn, didn’t see that coming nor did I see your knowledge of Mel Blanc.

    I almost want to take a trip to Texas just to have a neat bourbon with you.

  21. C,

    nacho is ageing, and i think it’s telling on him a bit, he only gets into his groove once ina while, gibbs growth curve right now would look like obiwon’s limp force sword in blue harvest (family guy’s version of star wars). the next transfer window seems like an eon from now.

  22. fabrechenko,

    Nacho is aging but is still effective and much more so than Gibbs if you ask me, the last 2 matches were telling as both Hull and Bayern decided to target exclusively down our left flank. I said yesterday I would take Sidibe who has played really good at both FB position, shame we didn’t get him last summer because I think Gibbs would have been off.

  23. Watching Sevilla vs Leciester, think this will be an extremely interesting match. Leciester still wanting to play on the counter while Sevilla like to press and play some really good futbol.

  24. But I guess one goal changes this tie completely.

    Huth and Morgan are in positions but simply lack the quickness of many attackers and have been all season.

  25. Sevilla are a really good side though, only side to beat Madrid in something like 40 matches and only 3 points off the top of the La Liga adn 2 points behind Barca

  26. @febrechenko,
    Re your 7.06 to C., I feel that Monreal has a clear advantage over Gibbs. Nacho will use his right boot when needed. Gibbs refuses to do so for some reason, consequently he will always fall below the standard required of an international fullback. 😉

  27. I wonder if there is a record for consecutive posts because surely I’m on pace to break it with 23 mins left in this match.

    Schmechel has kept this from being 5 or 6. Vardy hasn’t had literally ANY service and that is the way its been all season. Mahrez, Albrigton, Musa haven’t give him even a half of a half chance but that has been the story of their season which is the exact opposite of last season: shit defending and no service for Vardy.

  28. nicky,

    Tend to agree with that plus, Gibbs really lacks defensive positioning and IQ and I feel relies far to much on his pace and quickness which is fine in the U23’s but not for the first team and obviously not for country. To be honest, its still so interesting how he is an England international.

  29. Bloody fucking hell Leicester revert back to Leicester of last season and Drinkwater slides a delicious ball across the “no mans land” right infront of the 6 yard box and Vardy buries it. 2-1 and both match and tie are on.

  30. For all the talk of how ineffective Theo is without the ball, I would take this seasons version of Theo over this seasons version of Mahrez.

  31. If the PL wasn’t all about power and pace, I would take Nzonzi in a heartbeat but he would be crazy to leave beautiful Sevilla for England especially during the winter months.

  32. For that matter, I have watched Mahrez this whole match and for those that think Ozil doesn’t do the defensive work (though I disagree with most), Mahrez makes him look like Kante

  33. Leicester certainly aren’t out of this tie, 1-0 at home and Leicester through; the way Sevilla dominated them and to only score 2 goals is wild. Schmechel was MOTM and without him this is 6-1 easily to Sevilla.

  34. C

    Not much to talk about today, thanks for keeping us engaged.

    I hard for me to imagine anyone who grew up with my generation and does not love the Looney Tunes. They fit so well with our team that occasionally seems like it belongs in the looney bin. I still laugh out loud sometimes when I get a chance to watch some of the classics with my grandkids. It’s Duck season, No Wabbit season.

  35. A nightmare for Cazorla and I’m wondering if this ankle injury is going to end his career. He has had a couple of operations already and is now out for the season. I can see it being one of those situations where we pin our hopes on him being back for next season then a set back means he misses the first few games. We should be looking at his replacement as soon as possible, as I’m not convinced we will get much more meaningful game time from Santi. Its a real shame as we aren’t the same team without him, but hoping that he comes back the same, or at all, just seems to be a special kind of Arsenal madness.

  36. Leicester were massively out classed tonight, but they had the determination to keep battling and it has paid off. A shame that Arsenal don’t have the same drive as a team, or maybe we would seen a bit more fight against Bayern.

  37. Hopefully Santi can come back and play in a role similar to Rosicky. We certainly can’t count on him to be 35 league game per season regular but he would be a remarkably valuable squad player.

  38. Bill,

    My pleasure mate.

    Looney tunes are classic; its not just your generation, its my generation too.

    As the great Bugs Bunny once said, “Oh, well, we almost had a romantic ending!”. That’s honestly how I felt when Arsene signed his last contract after back to back FA Cup.

  39. If I was Santi, I would ask Arsene to let me go back to Spain where its less physical and he could essentially do what both Xavi and Inesta have done; extend their careers by being that deep lying play-maker that gets protected by the refs.

  40. Wavey,

    I I wouldn’t say Leicester kept themselves in it, I would say Schmechel was nothing short of absolutely magical tonight. He looked like the GK from last year that won them and kept them in so many matches.

  41. Bill,

    Not sure about that, Rosicky made only a single appearance in the FA Cup in his last season, and only fifteen appearances the season prior to that (all in the first half of that season). So one appearance in around eighteen months. As much as he was a fine footballer when fit, and a good guy, his value to the squad in playing terms was almost zero.

    As C says if he has a better chance to play back in Spain he’d be better off there. AFC have form in retaining players that simply cannot stay fit, and it’s difficult to claim that we cannot compete on wages when we do not use our budget as efficiently as possible.

  42. That such a heavy fine was handed for such mediocre comments, beats me. Anyway, the FA and the prison guard are just shitheads. Chamberlain can flourish in the centre, now that our little magician is out for the season. just as long as he cuts out the frequent error of cheaply ceding possesion, esp around our penalty box, we have something going there. Him and Xhaka for Liverpool, Perez and Welbz on the wing with Sanchez uptop. and is it only me, or does anyone else think Mustafi is also not helping with being a liability at defense? He seems to have let basic errors seep into his game since he came back from injury. Coquelin should be loaned out or benched entirely

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