James Lawton: Wenger loses perspective
Tuesday 22 April 2003
Even though most of the other top managers are busy dredging mud to the choppy surface of Premiership football, the performance of Arsenal's Arsène Wenger is particularly nauseating.
Here is the man who apparently who could not see a piece of play-acting by Martin Keown or Ashley Cole, or some gut-wrenching venom from Dennis Bergkamp, at five paces, claiming 20-20 vision of an incident that occurred on the other side of the field from his touchline seat. But this was one which now threatens Sol Campbell with a four-match ban. There is nothing quite life self-interest to concentrate the mind – and the eyesight – of the modern football statesman.
The whining of Sir Bobby Robson and Graeme Souness at the weekend was unedifying. Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement that the European Cup draw was rigged against United came straight from Paranoia Central. But nothing came remotely close to the outpourings of the otherwise admirable Arsenal chief. His hypocrisy is simply without bounds.
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