In his post match interview with BBC, Arsene was asked whether he thought the sending off was fair or not. We got a classic Wenger response,
It looked to me a tackle from behind; it looked to me that Cahill was upset because they didn’t get the penalty on the other end and he got his frustration out on the tackle. And it was a dark orange, maybe a light red. In the heat of the moment it’s difficult to say.
I think that’s a perfect diplomatic response that covers the issue well and avoids much controversy. It was indeed a two footed, high, studs first lunge from behind and we could see that it was rash. I only saw it from an angle that gave a view from behind, which didn’t reveal much. I’ve a feeling the diagonal view, more from the angle that the ref saw it, would have given us a better idea.
Interestingly, most pundits seem happy to focus on this particular decision and the one that wasn’t given just before. I’ve not seen anyone say that Davies should have been sent off or Robinson for that matter.
In his post match press conference Wenger gave an update on Diaby,
I believe it was a bad tackle on Diaby, he is not in a good shape.
It is ankle or shin – he cannot move his leg at the moment so we will see.
I’ll be gutted if we lose Diaby for any length of time.
Le Boss also made some other interesting, insightful observations. First, from that interview with the BBC,
You can dominate Bolton and lose against Bolton.
We all know that’s happened to us in the past and how it feels. Just because there is some debate about the Red Card we should not take anything away from this performance. Coming on the back of a win at Blackburn it was a really important result. Big credit goes to our defenders, especially the central ones and Arsene was quick to point that out,
What I like is, for example, when Koscielny was knocked down he came back and still won every header after that. For somebody coming from the French league that is a good sign.
It’s the kind of succinct insight that we get from Arsene, which most pundits fail to offer despite going on and on about something.
Wenger was also diplomatic about Bolton. He didn’t call them a long ball team even though they undeniably were. A hack tried to push Wenger on that but Arsene was diplomatic,
He [Owen Coyle] uses the strong points of his team. Davies and Elmander are good in the air. I still believe they have a good mixture between playing on the ground and they kept their strong points. It was a good test for our centre backs today and they did very well.
Towards the end Le Boss made a joke about Wilshere staying out late,
He didn’t do a lot wrong apart from the fact that he should be maybe an hour early in bed. That happened, I’m sure, to all of us.
Q: Even you Arsene?
Even to me 🙂
I saw some headlines that said Wenger was worried about Wilshere or unhappy with him but those were just sensationalist pieces that twisted his words out of context. There is no doubt that Arsene is fully behind the youngster.
It’s a real shame that even on a day when an ‘English’ player Zamora had his leg broken by Karl Henry (yes, the same one who attacked Rosicky last year), pundits don’t realize that defending the physical game and unnecessarily rough tackling players does not do any good for the League or the national team. I’ve not seen the incident but judging by the way Wolves targeted Barton last week, it’s not a surprise, is it?