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.
Three words: Funny. Little. Game.