ARSENAL V ATHLETICO MADRID

You can’t have failed to have noticed that Arsene Wenger has been unleashing his inner egotist again, but if you’ve just crawled out of a cave: Mr Wenger was so piqued by his side’s 3-0 Carling Cup defeat by Man City, he stormed into the tunnel refusing to shake the hand of City manager, Mark Hughes. Personally, I don’t think he gave himself much chance of victory when he chose a team sourced from local primary schools, but what do I know? I’m just a humble blogger who can’t hope to understand the workings of such a great manager. However, I suspect that as he strode down the tunnel he was muttering about “pesky kids” like a Scooby Doo bad guy.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Arsene has fallen out with Hughes. Back in 2007, it was handbags at dawn between the two when Wenger suggested Hughes’ Blackburn side were “violent”, which was somewhat ironic because Hughes isn’t the only manager he’s been uppity with. There was Fergie and Pizzagate, coming to blows with Martin O’Neill, coming to blows with Martin Jol, coming to blows with Alan Pardew … heck, he even managed to get on the wrong side of jovial, avuncular Sam Allardyce. Beneath that urbane exterior Arsene is obviously a bit mad. In fact, one could say he’s the Tyler Durden of football management: part mild-mannered sophisticate, part crazy dude who wants to fight, well, anyone.

Yes, I did manage to resist the temptation to describe him as arsey.

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