I refrained from writing about West Ham's victory yesterday against Arsenal because I would probably have used some very unfortunate words to describe the actions of the Arnsenal manager at the end of the game. I sit almost directly behind the dugout at West Ham so I could see clearly exactly what went on.
During the whole game, Wenger had become increasingly frantic and was ranting at the fourth official throughout the whole game. Every decision that went against Arsenal (and there weren't many) was reacted to with fury. Pardew had better cause for anger as the referee seemed to penalise any tackle put in by a West Ham player. Wenger's behaviour became increasingly worse as the game wore on.
When Harewood scored, Pardew naturally celebrated wildly. Wouldn't you if your team had lost seven of their last eight games and you were about to beat one of the best teams in the country? None of Pardew's celebrations were directed towards Wenger, so quite why he reacted as he did is a mystery. At the final whistle I was about 10 yards away from the dugout and clearly saw Pardew offer his hand to Wenger. Wenger kept his arms crossed. Pardew went down the tunnel looking like thunder. At the same time several Arsenal players including Lehman and Febregas were having a go at Sheringham and Mullins.
Arsene Wenger is one of the great managers of our time. He's someone I have always have a lot of respect for, but his constant whinging and the fact that he never manages to see any infringement committed by his own players is getting tiresome in the extreme. He should grow up. Yesterday he acted like a spoilt child who didn't get his own way. I thought he was a bigger man that that.
But nothing can detract from the best Hammers performance of the season. Anyone who say the game on Sky knows we deserved the win. Those of us who were there will remember the game for a long time.
[gloat] That's seven points out of nine we've now taken off Arsenal in the last three games. Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd be able to write. [/gloat]
Last time I wrote about Arsenal's troubles I got more than 2,000 visits from Arseblog. Mainly consisting of people calling me a ******* **** ******* Bring it on!