Wenger’s press conference after the Hull game lasted less than six minutes. In such a short time Wenger conveyed more about the game and various incidents than all reports put together. A couple of answers stand out in my mind.
First, he was asked about Boateng’s attack on Bendtner (of course, nobody called it that). This is what Le Boss said,
I didn’t see it, frankly. I didn’t see it and I didn’t speak with Nicklas yet, but I don’t think Boateng can complain about being sent off.
I love the use of the word “frankly”. It’s as if he doesn’t expect anyone to believe him when he says he’s not seen it! Too many people accuse Wenger of using the “I didn’t see it” excuse every time an incident occurs when an Arsenal player is supposedly at fault. I bet none of them notices that Wenger says the same thing even when an opponent is involved. It’s easy for these idiots to selectively use his comments, most often out of context, to complicate any rational argument.
If you look at this image, it is clearly a red card offence. How can anyone say it’s not dangerous play? Does it surprise any of us that the number of people worried about Campbell being on the pitch was far higher than those that said Hull were dirty and Boateng deserves serious punishment? In fact, I don’t remember a single report saying Hull were disgraceful with their persistent fouling.
If Wenger wanted he could come out with such images after every game. Almost all teams literally attack our players. Most people never notice this or conveniently ignore it. Le Boss should get a lot of credit for not getting into these things and focusing on the football instead.
Here is what Arsene had to say about the penalty incident,
Maybe you could say if he gives red he gives red, but having seen it, I think Vennegoor of Hesselink played it in an intelligent way. He did what an intentioned striker does in the box, he went straight at Sol and he had no other option but to touch him. But there was no real intention to make a penalty. It was accidental, and he was not in a position to score at the moment he did it. But he was offside at the start.
Arsene accepts the fact that the ref could have sent him off. He could easily have said “I didn’t see it”. The fact that he did not will never be acknowledged.
I feel the ref knew it wasn’t really a foul and if this had been in the other penalty box I’m sure we wouldn’t have received the penalty decision. Does it surprise any Arsenal fan that all the discussion is about Sol getting sent off and nothing about how Hull didn’t deserve the penalty in the first place?
There were too many reports that said Hull fought bravely and were unlucky. Not a single report that said Hull were thugs and didn’t create a single decent chance. The only goal they scored was gifted to them by the officials and the only reason this wasn’t a rout was that Arsenal players missed open goals.
This one from Soccernet takes the cake,
Hull must be given credit for disrupting the visitors’ rhythm and were ultimately unlucky to suffer a fourth straight loss.
It kills me every time I realize that these idiots actually get paid for writing such crap.