Arsene Wenger channelled his inner Ron Burgundy to label his squad ‘classy’ after an encouraging 2013 which saw Arsenal accumulate more points than any other team in the Premier League.
Praising the grit and determination of his players, who have secured 82 points over the last twelve months, the boss hailed an upwards trend which has seen them progress from Champions League contenders to title challengers.
“As you know it’s not a trophy but it shows the consistency and the trend for the team,” Wenger told press ahead of the New Year’s Day showdown with Cardiff.
Just about suppressing the desire to boldly declare, “Don’t act like you’re not impressed,” he continued:
“If you can manage from January 1 to December 31 to have that trend it means we are going upwards. We want to transfer that trend into 2014 and to have a great race for the Premier League title.
“In 2013, we have been relatively consistent, and that makes the belief stronger. Personally I must say, this team has a remarkable attitude and as a manager for me it is a privilege for me to manage them as a group of players on the pitch, but also off the pitch because they have a classy attitude.”
1-1 draw 1-0 win at Newcastle on the last day of last season as his highlight of the year, the boss explained why securing Champions League football was so important.
“A high point, even though I understand people can say we over-celebrated, was when we won our last game at Newcastle because it was at some stage an impossible achievement.
“For me it was [because] it maintained the club in the Champions League and to have such a consistency at that level meant it was one of the highlights of 2013.”
And with that the boss grabbed a glass of Scotch and yogged his way to the changing room where Nicklas Bendtner was trying to skewer Emmanuel Frimpong with a trident. Apparently the Dane was incensed by suggestions from the DENCH midfielder that “60% of the time, he worked every time”.
In Nicklas’ world, those stats just don’t add up. It had escalated quickly.
(Yeah, we’ve we’ve stretched this gag too far)