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It Was No Flight of Fancy

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded to criticism around the club's decision to charter a private jet for the relatively short journey to Norwich on Saturday evening. Fans that probably wouldn't have given a monkey's chuff if the players had ballet danced to East Anglia had we won have criticised the decision.

But green campaigners have also gotten in on the act, with co-ordinator of the Norwich and Norfolk Friends of the Earth Jennifer Parkhouse telling the Eastern Daily Press, 'It is absolutely absurd.

'I cannot see any reason why they would have flown, other than it being a rather ostentatious display of the players' and the club's wealth.' (Even though they took the train to Stoke, Liverpool and Manchester this season).

'If the flight took 14 minutes, they must have spent more time just getting on and off the plane than in the air.'

Arsene Wenger defended the decision in his press conference this afternoon, explaining, ''Usually we take the train and there was no train available, so in the end we decided to fly because we had to drive up on Friday afternoon at the moment when you never know how long it lasts.'

Meanwhile a Gunners' spokesman added, 'The club considers all transport options available for the first team when travelling to an away fixture.

'Given the severe disruption to rail services at the weekend the most time efficient option was to fly, hence the first team made the journey by plane from London to Norwich.'




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 23 2012

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

Rail disruption. So they took a train. Once. If we start chartering helicopters when we play Spurs, these people will have a point.
damiano_tommassi
They might as well rub our noses in it, seeing as we have not won the game. I would have had a grin on my face while reading about the complaints of the campaigners had the result been the reverse. Why is all that so important anyway? A chance at publicity for the campaigners is my guess.
Naijagunner
No this is just something that some people on twitter LOVE to jump on cos all they do is effin moan. I moan a lot, but these people are just using their pedestal (twitter followers = not real people) to air gripes and have a pop at the club. I was on those trains and they were a feckin nightmare.
shewore
After a quick shufty on the internet I see it would cost a few grand for the short flight to Norwich, which when you consider how much it would cost to buy the 20 odd first class train tickets (who's prices are astronomical) needed for the players and staff then I bet it didn't even cost that much more.
Rocky7
Interesting point....either Wenger didn't know that or he won't admit it ;-)
Naijagunner
 

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