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Wenger threatens press with walk-out

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

LONDON, October 2- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger threatened to walk out of his pre-match press conference on Friday after being asked to respond to recent comments made by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

While Mourinho did not directly name Wenger, it was clear the Portuguese tactician was referring to his Arsenal counterpart when he claimed some managers can “speak about the referees before and after games” following his side’s controversial 2-0 victory over the Gunners.

The Chelsea boss went on to say he felt he was on an ‘imaginary list’ of managers who could not speak about referees.

When asked for his comment on Mourinho’s recent claim, Wenger said: “Look, stop that story or we stop the press conference.”

Wenger was also asked who would be starting in goal for the Gunners this weekend in lieu of David Ospina’s sub-par showing in the surprise 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos Piraeus on Tuesday night.

Arsenal supporters and pundits alike questioned Wenger’s decision to consign summer signing Petr Cech to the bench in favour of handing a starting berth to Ospina.

However, Wenger was in no mood to entertain such suggestions.

“I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment and you follow a bandwagon,” Wenger said.

“It’s very, very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that. If you have an interesting question I will answer but apart from that let’s not always come back to the same story.

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“Come to the game on Sunday and you will see who’s in the goal. I think you have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. To come always with the same story.

“You can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal. He can make a mistake and you have to accept that. It’s down to everybody.

“If you watched really the game and you come to the conclusion we lost because of Ospina I question your knowledge in football.”

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