Petulant Arsene Wenger Should Learn to Shut Up

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 29, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal makes his feelings known from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Arsenal at St. Andrews Stadium on March 27, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The season is drawing to a close, and Arsene Wenger is beginning to sound more and more like a broken record.

Not a week goes by when Wenger isn't moaning about something.

I know this article will upset the Arsenal loving Bleacher Report, but something has to be said.

This isn't a shot at Arsenal, they are by far the superior footballing side in the Premiership.

Neither is it a shot at Wenger's managerial skills and achievements.

The problem is that he seems to think that his team deserves special treatment from referees.

Well they don't, they decide to play the game as they do.

In the wake of recent injuries to Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey, Wenger has said that other teams target his side for rougher treatment.


The likes of Stoke and Birmingham are proper old-fashioned English sides, this doesn't mean they go out to intentionally maim players week in week out.

It means they don't have the players to the level of the likes of Cesc Fabregas. They have to build their game around survival. Their main aim is to remain in the Premier League.

They have squads stacked with experienced, solid British players—like Lee Bowyer, Barry Ferguson, and Rory Delap, who are becoming the main players in the mid-table reservoir.

Wenger seems to think if a bad tackle is committed against his side then the perpetrator should be charged with assault.

Even though his side is guilty of the same offence, nothing seems to be said. Fabregas, when Arsenal are losing, becomes a baby, kicking out at opponents and showing the level of petulance not expected in a world-class athlete.

Then, this weekend his side let the lead slip against Birmingham—his goalkeeper, Manuel Almunia made the mistake costing them two points—and he complains about the playing surface.

Well there are two teams playing on the pitch. Fair enough, Arsenal does play a great passing game, but all the pitches aren't to the standards of the Emirates.

There have also been worse pitches in the top division this season. Portsmouth and Blackburn spring to mind.

I'm sorry but Mr. Wenger has much more pressing matters. Instead of complaining about the pitch, he could pay homage to the job Alex McLeish has done at Birmingham, or the up and coming Champions League tie with Bacrelona.

He seems mentally tired this season. It looks like that all the pressure has finally got to him. I don't know if this is the case, but the ability to keep this squad talented and to deliver every season is tough.

Five years without a any other big club in Europe Wenger would be sacked without a question.

I'm not saying Wenger should be sacked, he is undoubtedly one of the most gifted coaches in world football, but I just wish that he would just let his team do the talking on the pitch. They have so much promise and should be challenging for titles for the next decade.

So please Mr. Wenger lighten up and get on with your job!