Oh dear, Wenger just contradicted himself… a bit
Arsene Wenger – livid
See, managers have got a bit of a problem these days – the damn internet. It’s like a big whirring machine that logs your every thought and opinion, then spews it back at you whenever you attempt to make an argument from the other side of the fence.
As reported in today’s Telegraph, Arsene Wenger was left absolutely the wrong side of happy when Porto took a quick free kick last night, scoring a goal, and going on to win the match. He said this:
“If you cannot build a wall then you cannot ever defend an indirect free kick. It’s better than a penalty because not even the goalkeeper is in there.”
“It is completely inappropriate in a situation like that. He has to give us a chance to defend the free kick if he gives it there, otherwise he may as well just give a goal.”
Unfortunately for the Frenchman, the rules do state that if a player checks first with the ref, then it is totally fine to take a quick free kick without a whistle.
And even more unfortunately, thanks to the damn internet, it’s clear that Wenger already knew that. Speaking in 2004, after Arsenal had just sunk Aston Villa 2-0 thanks to a quickly taken Thierry Henry free kick, the Arsenal boss said this:
“It is in the interest of a player to always say he wants to take a quick free-kick.”