This isn’t rugby

August 30, 2010

Arsene Wenger has been plunged into yet another media firestorm with his latest comments on how certain clubs are turning football into ‘rugby’. Completely, absolutely and utterly coincidentally, the comments were made immediately ahead of a game against one of the clubs he cites as being responsible for this perversion of the Wengeronian Ethics that have characterised the game in England since he sold Patrick Vieira.

No doubt he was concerned following last season’s game against Blackburn which saw the dirty Northern monkeys deliberately send players into the penalty area to try to score from corners. Once more he was proved right to share those concerns. As the above image from the weekend’s game shows, a defender is quite clearly hauling down an attacking player in the penalty area at a corner. As usual it went unpunished.