Arsene Wenger needed to be sanctioned

JOHANNESBURG - Reports that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger will face no further sanction from the English Football Association did not send a good message to football followers across the world.

With his team trailing to cross town rivals Chelsea, the lanky Frenchman encroached on his rival’s technical area, something that didn’t sit well with the fiery Jose Mourinho who reminded him to go back to his designated area.

But the normally ice cool Wenger didn’t take the challenge on the chin. He shoved his shorter rival who responded as a true gentleman by remaining cool but firm.

Had it been another day, things could have really gotten out of hand but kudos to Mourinho, he remained calm.

The shoving images, beamed across the globe, shocked all and sundry and commentators immediately warned that Wenger would face the consequences.

However, 24 hours later, the FA released a statement that the tall Frenchman who has been at Arsenal for the past 18 years would face no further action from the country’s football controlling body much to the relief of those who love the Gunners.

It was good news for the London side’s supporters and a huge respite for Wenger who must have expected the worst. For his part, the Frenchman played down the incident and seemed to apologise for the misdemeanour when tempers had cooled down; though at the end of the match he didn’t seem remorseful, walking straight into the tunnel after the final whistle.

The English league is viewed by millions across the globe and youngsters normally look up to coaches and players from the league as role models.

What Wenger did deserved some sort of retribution as a deterrent for such future behaviours.

Thing is what if Mourinho had reacted and retaliated? Things would have easily gotten nasty and ugly. After all, the Portuguese mentor is younger and energetic than his rival who is approaching 70.

Shoving or laying your hand on an opponent is an immoral behaviour in the game of football.

Wenger should have been summarily dismissed from the bench and face further inquest. That is how the football federations discourage such behaviours the world over.

I personally have a soft spot for Wenger and the team he coaches but I think there comes a time when one needs to know it is time to go.

Wenger has overstayed his welcome and his continued presence is not adding any value to the club that is struggling for silverwares.

While he is good for business and overheads at the club, supporters want a big club to challenge for honours and compete with the rivals.

Arsenal have been losing to the big four with monotonous regularity for the past decade and something must surely give in.

Arsene’s behaviour against Mourinho is a sign of desperation and the fact that he was not sanctioned might make him want to try it again if things don’t go his way. After all, old habits don’t die that easily, so they say.

I hope I am wrong but history hardly lies.

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Comments (1)

wenger 4 gud @ arsenal.thoz who want him gon fear 4 their clubs

fredy dzimati - 13 October 2014

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