Journalist asks Wenger question. Admit he’s talking bollocks

Journalist asks Wenger question. Admit he’s talking bollocks

As we reported earlier this morning, Wojciech Szczesny says he’s eager to play in the FA Cup final, but accepts that the decision lies with the manager who thus far used the tournament to field Lukasz Fabianski.

“I would love to play but it’s the manager’s decision,” he said.

“It’s up to the him. I think Lukasz has done really well and he deserves a lot of credit. I’m an Arsenal fan and I just want us to get the trophy.”

So…that’s a player obviously enthusiastic about playing for his club at Wembley but aware that the boss is in charge and that the bigger issue is Arsenal winning a trophy.

Of course, armed with the first five words of Szczesny’s quote, some berk journalist (we’re pretty sure it’s Sky Sports News’ Gary Cotterill…but we’re happy to be corrected if not) decided to try and weave a new narrative around the situation during today’s pre-Hull press conference at London Colney.

Here’s how it panned out…see what a moron he looks.

Journalist:  “Who will play in goal at Wembley?”

AW: “In goal at Hull, Szczesny. At Wembley I don’t know yet. So much can happen [before then].

Journalist: “You’ve obviously read Wojciech’s comments about he’s the no. 1 and he feels he should play?”

[whispers heard from others in the room]

AW: “Look, I don’t know where you read that and anyway, he will not decide that.”

[AW smiles]

Journalist: “Is it a concern of yours though?”

AW: “The players are responsible for their performances and I am responsible for the decisions I make.”

Journalist:It seems he may not have said that, but is it a concern of yours that you’ve got a player who is leaving at the end of the season and maybe a player who is staying and is going to be a bit upset by not playing?

AW: “Look, I think what is important in football is the next game…and the next game is Hull. The Cup final is in one month. Who knows what will happen in the next month.”

You’ll struggle to find a clearer example of attempted media mischief/headline making. It’s disgraceful really, so kudos to those in the room who were quick to point out his ‘mistake’.

The line of questioning is an indication of the lengths to which some journalists will go to grab a sound byte that can be spun, but also evidence as to why players and managers are so suspicious of saying anything other than drab, token statements.

Mourinho’s rant at Wenger earlier in the season was almost (the Portuguese’s sociopathic tendencies aside) totally created by one Sky Sports broadcaster feeding him twisted comments which had themselves been prompted by another at a Wenger press conference. It’s mental really and amazing that Arsene Wenger hasn’t punched any of them over the last 17 years.