Just when you start to think Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are becoming top mates, our manager can’t resist getting another dig in.
With five games lost and out of the top four, things aren’t looking too great for Arsenal. When you consider their toughest away day this season has been Fulham, with Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Villa Park and the like all still to visit, it really does make you wonder if they’ll be playing Champions League football next season.
It wasn’t long ago that Arsenal fans used to bang on about how great their team spirit was, but it now appears as though things have been falling apart at the seams. Between Bendtner and Adebayor’s ruck on the pitch, to Gallas’ very public confession that all is not rosey in the Arsenal dressing room, it looks as though Wenger is struggling to keep his team together. His answer? To put all the responsibility on a 21-year-old’s shoulders, whilst Gallas is left to sulk amongst a team of children.
After losing at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal were looking for a response at the Wastelands last weekend, playing a team just three points out of the relegation zone. That response didn’t come though, with Arsenal (regardless of what Wenger says) getting battered by City.
In anticipation of derby day, Ferguson has been asked what he thought of last weekend’s result.
“Maybe City got Arsenal on the right day last Saturday because there seems to be a lot of disarray in the Arsenal camp with the carry-on with one of their players,” said Ferguson. “But you can only do what you are supposed to do and City did that very convincingly.”
Wenger is obviously feeling very delicate and bit back straight away, trying to get in a dig of his own by referring to the result of our game a few weeks ago.
“I don’t feel we are in disarray,” said Wenger. “I feel that Manchester City are a good side and Manchester United will maybe see that on Sunday. We had a few bad results and with the pace set by Liverpool and Chelsea, that made us drop off, but the quality is there and what happened to us can happen to them. If this team beats Chelsea after having beaten Manchester United, I believe they will go from strength to strength.”
Aww, just like the good old days!
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