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Wenger Blasts 'Atrocious' Brum Fans

Wenger Blasts 'Atrocious' Brum Fans

Arsene Wenger has blasted the travelling Birmingham fans who visited The Grove on Saturday after they sung a pretty distasteful chant in the early stages of the game.

Brum's Liam Ridgewell steamed into a pretty hearty challenge on our own Theo Walcott that left the Englishman injured on the ground and recalling the horrific leg break Eduardo suffered at the hands (studs) of Martin Taylor, the Birmingham fans broke into a chorus of 'There's only one Martin Taylor'.

The Arsenal manager, who let's face it could have complained about many other chants in the past but chooses not to, has spoken out against the song labeling it 'atrocious'.

'I was disappointed with the chants, it was frankly atrocious, they will not be remembered for the quality of their taste with that kind of remark. I didn't say a word, I just thought 'That's low'. said Le Boss

'Eduardo was here. I don't know how he felt about the chants. I just put that in the ranks of stupidity - you want to forget it because there's not a lot to say.'

Arsene Wenger's outrage is understandable, but futile. Football fans everywhere will sing anything to get a reaction from opposing players, managers and fans, they'll sing it even if they don't agree with it or they themselves find it a bit distasteful, and that's always been the case.

There's no point in whinging about it, just remember it and extend them the common courtesy they deserve when the time comes.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday October 19 2009
Time: 9:18AM


Quite true, nothing really to get riled about. Stands will always be a place for slightly distasteful chants the same way your inbox will be beset with jokes about dead celebrities before their bodies have turned cold. There is a line that can be crossed, but to be honest, I've heard a lot worse and so has Wenger.
Little Dutch
19/10/2009 09:32:00
There are some fans who over step the mark sometimes and complaints should be lodged (Like the moron who got the number 96 and "Not enough" printed on the back of his Man United shirt) but this was a very minor incident.
19/10/2009 09:40:00
I don't think chants over step the line, bar racist chanting. The sole purpose of chanting at the football is to fire up your players and demoralise the opposition, that's why songs like this are sung. You may remember the bushfires here in Victoria that killed about 200 this February, we had a bunch of Sydney fans sing to us 'You should of died in the fires' a week ago, barely raised an eyebrow from most.
Ozi Gooner
19/10/2009 10:10:00
Well I thought it was a disgrace. Eduardo's foot was hanging off his leg, Taylor got an insulting, paltry 3 match ban and those gits sing that. Hope they go straight back down - scum.
19/10/2009 11:44:00
Is theo unlucky or just too light weight? It was a hard challenge, (perhaps harder than it needed to be to take the sting out of him) and he did not have time to ride the tackle, but is he just too fragile. Having the speed he has will likely see him crunched all the time in the premiership. Its frustrating the amount of the time he is sidelined with injury after injury. Means you can never really rely on him to be first choice.
19/10/2009 11:46:00
10 seperate injuries since novermber 2007.
19/10/2009 12:00:00
Not lightweight, targeted. He will be in this position probably always. He hasn't got the same impressive physical attributes of Henry so clattering him is more likely to cause injury I'd imagine.
19/10/2009 12:24:00
Why would you target Theo though? Knowing full well that Arshavin woudl be his replacement. Foolish to me.
19/10/2009 13:10:00
In my opinion the ref was at fault for the last challenge on Theo, he should have booked one of their players long before that, he offered our players no protection whatsoever! The chant was distasteful, but as has been mentioned not as bad as some.
19/10/2009 13:17:00
Because he's fast. Arshavin gets targetted too. All quick skilful players do, Arshavin is more robust though. You really do come out with some horsecrap.
19/10/2009 13:24:00
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