Hypocrisy or fallen Democracy? Do Arsenal really warrant protection?

Pav MandairCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks thoughtful during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on September 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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They say there is no smoke without fire; however is the town crier for extinguishing the fire the real instigator. After all, when the pot called the kettle black the kettle maybe was breathing smoke, and with a name similar to arson is there any other way to point the extinguisher? So Arsene Wenger wants to call on all custodians of football to congregate and implement its own proverbial cotton wool and protect Arsenal’s players. Despite recent actions from another Arsenal youth upstart does Arsene Wenger really hold the medical card of jurisdiction to say it is warranted?

Near the conclusion of Arsenal’s victory over Birmingham this past weekend Jack Wilshere was summoned with a red card for his reckless challenge on Nikola Zigic. This was in the same match where Arsene Wenger released his programme notes to  clampdown on reckless tackling, only to go on to state Jack Wilshere’s red card was warranted as he now looks closer to home in his Gung Ho attempts for clampdown.  Arsene Wenger has been very vocal over the years in his claims that there is witch hunt against the North London giants, and how teams pinpoint Arsenal’s youth as a bull’s-eye in their attempts to defy Arsenal gaining victory. And with the injuries suffered to Eduardo which cost him his Premier League career due to his mental scars, and to Aaron Ramsey at an integral point in the title race last season, there is no justification why Wenger’s inner consummation is not warranted. However, in any walk of life you should treat people how you want to be treated. It may be easier said than done in a frenetic environment such as the Premier League, but is this the example you want to set to the young prodigies awaiting the next generation of the Premier League.  After a couple of weeks where Hatem Ben Arfa was summoned to a oxygen mask and stretchered off with a broken leg and possible Eduardo esque mental scars, and as well as Danny Murphy’s focal statement to clamp down on tackling is it Arsenal’s responsibility to set an example?

The club’s Murphy mentioned were Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers who send their players out with the break leg motive. These are low to mid table clubs, and with Arsenal’s status as a top four side they should lead by example and set the standard of fair play in the Premier League. Ok, they may not need the fair play league to gain European qualification but they are complaining when teams who are near the bottom of the fair play league are injuring their players. Let’s not forget the likes of Patrick Viera and Martin Keown who venomously tore through the Premier League during the days when Arsene Wenger was affiliated with trophies. Ever since the inception of the Premier League Arsenal have just as been integral as others for maintaining the high octane aggressive furore typified with English football. Therefore the standard they set is portrayed by recent newcomers Stoke and Wolves who see this as their way of maintaining a presence in the juggernaut Premier League playground. Arsenal do have the political upholding power to integrate this as Wenger despite their portrayal of him due to his long gap without silverware he does have a lot of power within the media to influence this. It was only this past Friday he stated he agreed with Danny Murphy’s outburst. After all which manger in today’s modern game with such an aura be so untouchable after five trophy less years. The floor is yours Wenger; surely you don’t need protecting from that.

Arsenal may complain about how they are victimised by opponents but it is all part of the victim culture than consumes Arsene Wenger after his perennial failing in the latter half of the Noughties.  If Mr Wenger wants protection for his players, then he must show referees that they do not need protecting on the touchline, because no matter what happens on the pitch there is no justification for touching the fourth official like he did. If he wants the Premier League to clamp down on its vicious form of tackling (you’d think it is the medieval style of soccer) then he must prove that there is a level playing ground for this adherence, and no modification of the rulebook for the top four by ensuring that Arsenal evaporate the mist of aggression that seeps out of the Gunners in the form of Jack Wilshere’s tackle, and Wenger’s behaviour towards fourth officials. Otherwise the global phenomenon that is the Premier League will be seen as a Guantanamo Bay blood thirsty, bone crunching no man’s land for foreign prodigies. There is a metaphorical line you shouldn’t cross in soccer in regards to tackling, if Arsene Wenger wants the rest of the Premier League to stay on the right side, he shouldn’t cloud other teams disciplinary standards in order to wheedle his way over in a shortcut to success.