Fletcher's rant at Wenger and Nic needs an op

Fletcher's rant at Wenger and Nic needs an op

There is plenty of fall-out from the weekend’s Premier League games and the highlight has to be Darren Fletcher’s ludicrous, laughable and lamentable claim that Arsene Wenger’s comments after our game with them at Old Trafford has caused him grief with refs ever since.
The Daily Mail reports that Wenger accused United of playing ‘anti-football’ after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat in August. And, although Wenger did not name Fletcher, the 25-year-old midfielder certainly feels the Arsenal manager was referring to him when he expressed his disbelief a ‘certain player’ had gone unpunished.
In fouler Fletcher’s opinion, those comments mean referees are more likely to give free-kicks against him and he suggested Martin Atkinson’s decision to penalise his challenge on Ashley Cole, which led to Chelsea’s goal, was a prime example.
‘We are starting to see Mr Wenger’s comments starting to influence referees, which is a shame really,’ said Fletcher. ‘I back-heeled the ball and Cole just jumps in the air and the ref gives a foul. It was clearly not a foul. I knew at the time and I’ve watched the replay.’
Get over it, pal, the defeat has got Jack Shit to do with AW.
On the back of the win at Wolves, the Sun says Cesc Fabregas — who took his tally to nine with another well-executed goal at Wolves — has grown into his role as club captain.
The paper claims he maintains the whole squad has shown the troubles of this period during last season — when William Gallas was stripped of the skipper’s armband after publicly questioning the character of Wenger’s youngsters — are now fully behind them.
Cesc said: “The issue with William is gone for us. We don’t think about it any more and are happy with the way things are going at the moment. The dressing room has always been really together and kept believing.
“Even if we did not win anything last year, we were really close and in all the competitions right until the end, so the mood in the dressing room is always really positive.
“The captaincy hasn’t changed me at all. My team-mates have done a great job for me as well. They showed me they believe and help me with everything. There has never been any trouble, so I am very happy with how things are going.”
BTW, I thought I’d bring you this table from this morning’s Daily Mail for your persual.
Meanwhile Nic Bendtner  is facing a lengthy injury lay-off  and booked in for a hernia operation today, reports the Daily Mirror.
The paper says AW believed Bendtner would be out for four weeks after the Dane limped out of the north London derby 10 days ago.
But Bendtner feared he needed surgery and more scans revealed he needed a hernia operation rather than it being just a groin strain. That could rule him out until the New Year, it is claimed.
Anf finally, Tommy Vermaelen is bullish across the paper this morning and makes a case for the glorious Gunners’ title bid.
“If we look at the rankings, we are second and it is a message to other teams that we are involved in the race to be champions,” he said. “It is good that we have had a good series of games, it is important to continue and stay focused on every game because there are a lot of important games.”
Just stay fit, Tom.

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