Salut! Sunderland presents a challenge to Arsenal supporters – the poster of the best comment received by 10am tomorrow WED NOV 24 will be offered a Nick Hornby book (regular, that is, not special edition) of his of her choice …
We’ve had our say. Sunderland fans, even those who have a lot of admiration for the players Arsène Wenger chooses and the way they play for him, think he went way beyond the limits of reason and fairness in his post-match comments. Notably this:
“Sunderland were aggressive but you expect that. I think that they tried to stop us from playing, sometimes on the fringes of the rule, but that’s part of the game.”
Doesn’t anyone who found this a dirty game inhabit a different planet? Wasn’t the worst challenge of the game committed by an Arsenal player: Traore on Campbell in stoppage time (some say otherwise but we think Alan Wiley was right to punish it with a yellow and not a red)?
The questions are these: is it impossible to beat Arsenal and not be insulted by the losing manager, “nicely dressed up in a French accent” as Louise Taylor described it so well it in The Guardian? Is he right to imply we are just a bunch of black pudding-eating cloggers? Are we so far off Arsène’s social radar that slagging us off is just his default mode? When, and with how much, will he be bidding for Lorik Cana?
Gunners fans – we know you’re out there – produced three cracking Who Are They? previews to last Saturday’s game.
Come back with 50-100 words in support of Arsène and you might even win a Salut! Sunderland prize. I’ve mentioned the prize above, and this will be offered to the best comment received by 10am tomorrow. My decision final.
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