Don’t mess with tradition is the message from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after midfielder Mathieu Flamini messed with club tradition by tearing his kit top sleeves above the elbow for Tuesday night’s Champions League match-up with Marseille.
Arsenal kitman Vic Akers has his name in the news more often than your everyday kitman since his wish to stay with the club tradition of all players wearing the same sleeve-length as the team captain was defied.
“I do not like that and he will not do that again,” said Wenger of Flamini’s hack job. “I was surprised and we don’t want that.”
Per Mertesacker captained the side and chose to wear long sleeves. Aside from Flamini, the rest of the team followed suit.
Flamini’s comments on the matter came before he met with Wenger, according to The Telegraph, but it appears the guy just prefers his sleeves shortened.
“I have played at the top level for 10 years. I like to wear short sleeves. That’s what I like to do.”
It’s terribly difficult to comment on such a story with a straight face but anyone who’s played on a team knows traditions can mean a heck of a lot to insiders regardless of how they appear to the uninitiated.
Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.
But the appeals had no effect.
In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.
The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.
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Following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Southampton, in which Pardew’s side saved his job (for the time being), the 55-year-old Eagles boss and former player chose the first bright moment, Palace’s first Premier League win since Sept. 24, to hit out at the club’s new American owners with a scathing assessment of the footballing prowess, or perhaps lack thereof — quotes from the Guardian:
“The chairman got a bit edgy this week, as you’d expect. We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football so the chairman has been defending me.
“I always think as a manager at any level, particularly in the modern era, expect the sack. Just expect it; it’s coming at some stage, so just do your job as best you can. Every week, that’s what I try to do.
“Sometimes it’s hard to dress up six defeats when you’re the owner of the club and you have investors. Obviously there are things he’s got no control over but he’s tried to offer me all the assistance that he could. He’s been brilliant for me and I just want to say thank you to him really.”
With various reports linking Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini to a job which he still holds, it’s understandable that Pardew would be slightly on edge, quick to thump his chest and restake his claim as the right man for the job, but perhaps alienating and borderline embarrassing the new investors, who are now responsible for signing your paychecks, wouldn’t have been my go-to move.