Having been charged by UEFA for what seems like the millionth time in recent memory, it’s fair to say Arsene Wenger is unimpressed by the treatment being dished out to him by Europe’s football governing body.
Facing another lengthy ban, after allegedly using naughty words in the vicinity of official Damir Skomina following the Slovenian’s whistle-tastic officiating in favour of AC Milan on Wednesday night, Wenger made clear his contempt when questioned by assembled press at London Colney.
“I keep my line of conduct until the end as ‘no comment’. But I think I’m quite surprised,” he said. “I’ve played 200 European Cup games and the situation is becoming a little bit surprising.”
Asked if he felt justified by what he’d said to the referee, the boss responded, “Yes.”, with a somewhat rueful grin on his face.
AW was equally dismissive of suggestions that Roberto Mancini talking about Robin van Persie would prove unsettling to the club or the player.
The Italian was quoted in midweek saying van Persie was one of the best players in the world and that City were always interested in those players. He then rather transparently backtracked saying he hadn’t said anything about wanting to buy the skipper, but for Wenger it’s just part and parcel of football life.
“Nothing is unsettling and at our level we are professional people. I believe if you have one quality it is not to be unsettled by what people say about you, or what other clubs say, that’s part of the job.
“Our plan is to keep Robin van Persie even if we buy any player. Robin is the leader of our club, and I was just like to specify that he is not out of contract.
“He has a contract until 2013.”
As they say in Italian, ‘Stick that up yer hoop, spaghettio’.