Date:Monday August 20 2007
Why did Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger feel the need to attack Blackburn Rovers after the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon? Was it justified, or just him moaning like he does? Help me out guys!!!
I write this without the benefit of having seen the match on Sunday afternoon, work commitments have ensured that the only view or opinion I have on the events of Sunday afternoon at Ewood Park are those which I see in print, and the VERY limited highlights that I have seen.
After the game Wenger felt the need to attack Rovers, when he branded them violent. He told the BBC: "I felt there was a desire for violence more than commitment in their challenges.
"We dealt well with the problem we had against a team that was over-physical."
Again, as I say I find it very difficult to comment on the subject as I have not seen ANYWHERE NEAR enough to know what exactly happened, but from what I can make out it was nothing more than a competitive match in which Rovers gave as good as they got, with it actually being Robin Van Persie who produced the games worse challenge (which only saw him see yellow, when it maybe should have been red?!?!)
Mark Hughes felt that Rovers had the better of the game, which he felt was competitive, nothing more nothing less and Wenger's comments disappointed him, he responded (again to the BBC) with: "That attitude by Wenger surprises me.
"The worst challenge was by Van Persie on Stephen Warnock.
"It was very competitive and I thought we dominated the game. We were the better side. We showed great character and equipped ourselves well against a top side."
Rovers have had a reputation in the past (and I will hold my hands up and say a couple of years back RIGHTLY so) but just when you think they are betting past this along comes something like this, WHY the need for it Wenger??? EVERYONE knows that as soon as the worlds violence are mentioned in the same sentence as Rovers the VAST MAJORITY will take this as being the truth without any evidence needed.
I CAN'T stress enough that without the benefit of seeing ANY of this myself I don't know what to think, but I tend (naturally) to be swayed towards siding with the Rovers view on this (as you would expect) but from what I hear and see it would appear that this would not be a blinkered approach to do so. Wenger often sees what he wants to see and nothing more, was the fact that Rovers would not allow Arsenal to play (how dare they!!!) the thing that annoyed him? I honestly don`t know, I hope more of you can shed some light on this for me……
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Date:Monday August 20 2007
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