Wenger's whingeing is getting old

2011-03-16 00:00

WELL, let me start by saying that our little friend Grant is still alive and kicking.

He was in a bad way all of last week, but it seems a win over the mighty Arsenal was enough to make all in his world right again.

Go figure.

It surprises me no end when United fans take such great joy in defeating Arsenal.

Ever since 2005, Wenger’s creche has found a way to stuff- up good starts to the season, and yet his fans see no reason to start questioning his way of doing things.

I mean, every year he says something about the team growing.

Personally, I think that argument — read excuse — is starting to get dull.

They were handed a football lesson against Barcelona, and yet he chose to brush aside all the good that was produced by the world’s best side — and dwell in the massive injustice that was dealt to his team when Robin van Persie was carded for kicking the ball away, thus earning him a red card.

Anyone who saw the game will agree that the second card was harsh, but to suggest that it drastically altered the result is about the most one-eyed statement since Alex Ferguson’s last blast at a referee.

This annual lesson they keep receiving at the Nou Camp should really start rubbing off soon, but it seems Wenger is too hellbent on making enemies with the powers that be than to start taking notes.

It’s a pity, because there are some good players in that team.

I must say that the more I see Jack Wilshere play, the more I marvel at what he could become.

Imagine him at a bigger club, surrounded by bigger players. Not big in physique necessarily, but at least in stature.

Arsenal have Cesc Fabregas, but he was too busy trying to impress his future employers rather than put his foot on the ball and make his side tick.

A few weeks ago, every Arsenal fan I saw was going on about a possible quadruple.

I told them then that I would shave my head if they won even one trophy this season — and that hasn’t changed.

It saddens me to see the culture of excuses that Wenger has cultivated at Arsenal. Great sides take setbacks on the chin and come back more relentless, more ruthless. Arsenal seem to have an excuse for everything.

When they lost the Carling Cup, he let slip a chance to say, “well done, you deserved it”.

Oh no, not Wenger. He launched into verbal volley about how one team got lucky, while the other just had no luck.

And when United knocked them out of the FA Cup, Monsieur Wenger complained about the pitch, the tactics and especially Paul Scholes’ late tackles.

By the time the Wenger show came to Catalunya to face the might of Barcelona, one knew that he would be slightly lemony (is that a word?) in defeat.

And, of course, he was.

There is no great shame in losing to Barcelona at the Nou Camp, but there are ways to handle it that suggest that you are a man of common sense and can appreciate a team that is so much better than you.

This whingeing and wining is getting old. Arsenal are supposedly United’s strongest competition for the league title.

We will have to wait and see, but I have serious doubts about their ability to last the pace.

And you can bet right now that Wenger will be there, armed with a million excuses.

With the Cricket World Cup currently on the go, it can be hard to divert one’s attention from the box very easily.

But I took great interest in the Proteas’ win over India on Saturday — especially when they came into it with that “C-word” hovering above them.

Of course, the win was supposed to banish the “C-word” from being bandied about.

Sadly, Wenger has adopted a “C-word” of his own with all his mutterings. Because when his side chokes, he complains in their favour until the cows come home.

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