Arsene Wenger has told the Daily Mirror that he sometimes lies to the Press about his players in order to protect them – but always consults with them first to get his story straight.
The comments come in the wake of the revelation that Wayne Rooney has “not even missed a training session,” despite his manager Sir Alex Ferguson saying he was absent from the teamsheet due to an ankle injury. The Frenchman said: “If you’re asking me if I’ve lied to the Press to protect a player, I must say yes. I didn’t feel comfortable afterwards, but I’ve a clear conscience because if it’s for one of my players it’s a good cause.”
Arsene just says “No” to PSG.
In news which must be of relief to many Arsenal fans, Wenger has also finally laid to rest the rumours that he could be heading to Paris Saint-Germain in a non-coaching role in the near future – but has said that what happens after his current contract expires is anyone’s guess.
Talk had been rife earlier in the week that the Frenchman could consider swapping the dugout for the boardroom, but the 60-year-old has said he has not made any plans to head to the financially struggling club.
Speaking to arsenal.com, Wenger said: “There is only one club in my heart, and that is Arsenal. PSG is the slightest of my worries. I am 100 per cent happy here. I have just extended my contract here and after that, I don’t know what I’ll do.”
Best to come from Bendtner.
Nicklas Bendtner looks set to make his first appearance of the season for the Gunners in this afternoon’s visit of Birmingham City, according to Goal.com. The striker has been absent this campaign due to a groin injury thought to have been suffered in a car accident last September, and aggravated while on duty with Denmark at the World Cup this summer. Manager Arsene Wenger believes the best is yet to be seen from the 22-year-old hitman.
“Let’s not forget that since last November Nicklas has produced here and there, but never had a consistent presence because of his injuries,” said Wenger.
“Apart from the fact he went to the World Cup we have not seen the real Nicklas Bendtner for a long, long time.”