While Barack Obama has created history after being elected the first black President of the United States of America, a Premier League manager has been accused of re-writing history instead this week. Many think that Arsene Wenger lost the plot a little on Tuesday by claiming that members of the Stoke City squad are cowards, who set out to deliberately injure the Arsenal players. Now the Potters manager has hit back at these claims.
Setanta report that Tony Pulis is far from amused by the Frenchman’s comments, especially as he was originally gracious in defeat on Saturday night. The City gaffer recalls that Wenger held his hands up and admitted that the Potters were full value for their win, but has since contradicted his statement with a controversial verbal attack.
“In Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday evening, Mr Wenger talked openly about Arsenal’s encounter with Stoke, as being a ‘typical English encounter’.
“He commended my team’s organisation, my team’s commitment and confessed that, on the day, Stoke City thoroughly deserved to win the game. Very open and very honest.
“Over the weekend Arsenal have been criticised by the media over their commitment to not only our game, but also previous games they have been involved in.
“In London, 48 hours later, and 150 miles away from Stoke-on-Trent, Mr Wenger changed tact and has tried to rewrite history.
“His comments about my team are there for everybody to read and certainly made me smile, along with I’m sure 27,000 supporters at the game and millions of TV viewers and the massed press who interviewed him after the game.”
Is there anyone who agrees with the Arsenal manager that his players were unfairly targeted by their opponents on Saturday? Or is this just a man who is feeling the pressure at the moment, with he and his team unable to match their own expectations of how the season should unfold?