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Wenger out… to flog his book

OPINION: Former Arsenal boss, in his new autobiography, has revealed how he rejected the manager’s job at Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus

08 October, 2020 — By Richard Osley

Arsene Wenger

CHECK out Arsene Wenger, drumming up sales for his new autobiography with all sorts of claims about what could have been. Apparently, just in case you weren’t quite sure how loyal he was to Arsenal, he rejected the manager’s job at Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus… You name it, he was offered it and rejected it, and now – with a book to sell – he seems to want everybody to know. All of those times you thought he had probably gone on too long, just think, he gave it all up just for you. You’re feeling bad about that “Wenger Out” sign now, aren’t you? Aren’t you?

THERE comes a time when Manchester United are getting pummeled and it no longer matters that it’s Spurs who are doing it. In a way, by doling out a thrashing, Tottenham represented everybody who ever lost in Fergie time, everybody who once had to listen to commentators oozing on about Manchester United reaching the Promised Land, everybody who ever lost 8-2 at Old Trafford and Alf-Inge Haland’s leg. On Sunday, the years of United arrogance were stripped away and the sun peeped through the rain.

• LIVERPOOL’S eye-catching loss against Aston Villa means it seems unlikely, ONCE AGAIN, that anybody will match Arsenal’s Invincibles season (sorry, Everton fans). People say why do Arsenal fans go on and on and on and on and on about it. It’s quite easy to explain: by going the season unbeaten, they effectively became the greatest club team England has ever seen. Nobody who loses 7-2 to Aston Villa can enter the debate to argue otherwise.

AN old stand-up circuit joke involves walking onto stage in a backroom bar and telling the audience: “You only get to play the King’s Head twice in your career, once on your way up, and once on your way down… friends, it’s good to be back.” In football, you only get to play for Southampton twice, and for Theo Walcott, nice bloke but ultimately an underachiever, it’s good to be back.

• SO, to Gunnersaurus and how this week’s coverage of his apparent extinction from the Emirates Stadium revealed an astounding amount of jealousy of fans of other clubs. Everybody seems to have an opinion of the big dino. And yet what’s happened to the G’saw is essentially what’s happened to all mascots: the suits, sadly, have been put away until fans are back at the stadium to wave and grin at. Where’s your mascot ? Nobody cares. The Gunnersaurus, meanwhile… he’s headline news! It’s OK to admit that you love him.

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