The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by Stoke

first_imgArsene Wenger’s Arsenal had no answer to Rory Delap’s incredible long throw-ins (Picture: Getty)‘When Wenger first said it, called us a rugby team, it was the third time on the bounce we had beaten them at home. ‘He was avoiding the question of how could a team with much less talent than Arsenal, who don’t spend anywhere near as much as Arsenal, who haven’t got the facilities and capabilities of Arsenal, keep beating Arsenal.‘[Former Arsenal captain] Patrick Vieira told me at a coaching conference: ‘We used to hate going to Stoke. You were the only club that Wenger actually talked about and worked on before. We just couldn’t beat you.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Wenger came one year and complained about the grass being too long. He wrote a letter to the FA. ‘The referees and the linesmen had to come and measure the grass. I know he talked about banning throw-ins and saying they shouldn’t be allowed. That was all music to our ears.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourishMORE: Former Arsenal ace Jeremie Aliadiere reveals he was ‘scared’ of getting ‘smashed up’ by his teammatesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger endured a fractious relationship during the Welshman’s time in charge of Stoke City (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger was so rattled by Arsenal’s regular struggles against Stoke that he raised the idea of throw-ins being banned, while referees and linesmen were asked to measure the length of the grass at the Britiannia Stadium after the Frenchman wrote a letter of complaint to the Football Association.Stoke was a far from a happy hunting ground for Arsenal during Tony Pulis’ tenure, particularly upon their immediate return to the Premier League. Wenger’s expensively assembled side struggled in a particularly hostile atmosphere and had little answer the combative and, at times, overly aggressive style of play employed by the Welshman’s team. AdvertisementAdvertisementA fragile Arsenal defence was particularly susceptible to Rory Delap’s infamous long throw-ins which helped Stoke win five out of eight matches at home against the Gunners between 2008 and 2014. Wenger infamously branded Stoke a rugby team and in 2009 suggested kick-ins replace conventional throw-ins to speed the game up, but his complaints were music to the ears of Pulis. ADVERTISEMENT‘I always want angles to get players motivated, to put fire into their bellies and something for the supporters to feed off,’ he told That Peter Crouch podcast. The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by Stoke Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 11:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Commentlast_img read more

Tipperary racing success in Limerick

first_imgCloughjordan-based Denis Hogan trained and steered The Granson to victory in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Maiden Hurdle today.It looked as though The Granson was in a spot of bother when the odds-on favourite Crezic began to build up a head of steam approaching the last, but when that rival crashed out, Hogan was able to coast home at his leisure.The Granson is owned by Padraig Coffee, who owns a bar out in Lanzarote. Denis Hogan was very happy with the way the horse has come on. Photo: © pixabay.comlast_img read more

Voting Opens as NSA Unveils Nominees Shortlist

first_imgUnmissable Incentives, organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), have announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 edition of the prestigious sports awards ceremony.At a press briefing held in Lagos wednesday in Lagos, the Chairman of NSA panel, Dr. Kweku Tandoh announced nominees for the different categories including Footballer of the Year, Team Sports Person of the Year, Track & Field Star of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year amongst others.Tandoh who was excited about the massive response of the public towards nominations which opened on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 and closed Sunday, 7th October, 2018, expressed delight that the award was moving a notch higher considering the number of nominations received this year – over 2 million nominations. Other award categories to be voted for include Racket Sports Person of the Year, Basketball Player Of the Year, Para Sports Person Of The Year, Team of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Sportsman of the YearTandoh however noted that the remaining four categories of the awards; Journalist of the Year (Radio), Journalist of the Year (Television), Photo Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year (Print) would not be open to public voting but all interested media professionals are required to submit any three works of their published or produced and aired (not more than 90secs) between November 2017 and November 2018. Deadline for all submission in these categories is Sunday, November 4, 2018.Speaking further on the process for selection of the nominees, Tandoh noted that the final selection of nominees were done yesterday by all award panel members after a careful scrutiny of the nominations entries received.“We are quite excited that public interest on the award has grown significantly given the number of nominations received this year for the awards. For us, we have taken time to look at the nominees for the different categories and I can proudly say that the nominees selected for the categories deserve to be winners by all standard,” he said.Speaking on the voting process for this year’s edition of the awards, Executive Director of the Awards Programme, Mr. Kayode Idowu revealed that voting for the shortlisted nominees in all 14 categories of the award opened yesterday, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and will end on Sunday, November 11, 2018The Nigerian Sports Award is the only Nigerian awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of sports men and women, both present and past that have shone brilliantly in the sporting world.The award ceremony for the 2018 Nigerian Sports Awards is scheduled to hold at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite on Friday, November 16, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more