Arsenal players banned from talking to the press after an awkward Arsene Wenger interview with the BBC
After Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Hull City on Saturday, Arsene Wenger stopped his players from talking to the press, reports the Daily Star.
This was following a particularly awkward interview between Arsene Wenger and the BBC’s Jacqui Oatley post-match, in which the French boss was accused by TV pundit Gary Lineker of being rude and obnoxious.
Must say, I thought Arsene Wenger was arrogant, defensive and patronising to @JacquiOatley in the face of excellent and fair questioning.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 18, 2014
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The Arsenal players were apparently kept in the changing rooms for an hour after the match, and when they were eventually let out they were rushed past the waiting press. When Danny Welbeck was asked for a comment he replied, “Sorry; we’re not allowed.”
In Wenger’s BBC interview the Frenchman became very defensive and even aggressive when questioned about the decision to not sign a defensive midfielder in the summer. Whether this led to the later banning of the Arsenal players from speaking to the rest of the press is unknown, but the whole furore will only frustrate Gunners fans who have only seen their side win twice in the Premier League so far.
Arsenal take on Anderlecht on Wednesday evening in the Champions League, looking to put the disappointing domestic weekend behind them.