The Professor is peeved. And unfortunately for him, the cameras are always rolling.
Wenger and the Gunners were preparing to host German champions-elect Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, and lately the pressure seems to have affected Wenger.
Arsenal fell to second-tier Blackburn in the FA Cup on Saturday and unless they can win the Champions League this spring will go another season without winning a trophy (their last silverware came in 2005).
Wenger received sharp criticism following the loss to Blackburn. Then, he was apparently angered by a story from The Sun on Monday that claimed Arsenal were preparing to offer Wenger a two-year contract extension.
The results made for a spectacle. Normally cool and measured in his approach, Wenger on Monday was instead visibly angry and short-tempered.
"Look, I have been accused of not taking seriously the FA Cup on Saturday…I have won four times the FA Cup. Who has won it more? Give me one name."
Sir Alex Ferguson is just one name, but that's beside the point. The Guardian has the full transcript here, and it's a doozy. Wenger's remarks were peppered with passive-aggressive barbs, sarcastic stingers and pure, unadulterated anger.
Also, he seemed to confuse the reporter from the Daily Mail with The Sun.
If you're an Arsenal fan, it's ghastly viewing. Being a Gooner myself, though, I'd have to imagine that for non-Arsenal fans it's quite the treat.
And so, Wenger's press conference antics form the material for our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Champions League Tuesday. Enjoy, and keep his words in mind while Arsenal host Bayern Munich later in the day.
Speaking of which, how do you think the match will go? Can Arsenal recover from the Blackburn debacle and stun Bayern? Or are the Gunners in store for more pain?
Let us know in the comments below.
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