Arsene Wenger denied yesterday the suggestions from the football media that the Arsenal boss may have been telling porkies when he said in the press conference on the Friday before the transfer window closed that he expected Danny Welbeck to be back in training after the international break.
Is it just me, or is there a mountain being made out of a molehill here? `Premier League manager does not tell the truth in press conference´ has for me about the same ring as `burglar breaks into house´ or `fat person eats big dinner´.
Since when do we expect football managers to tell all to the media? And when it comes to transfer deals, Wenger and many other managers have a lot of form. Wenger insists that he did not know about Welbeck needing surgery on that Friday morning and the implication in the media is that he was trying to con us fans into thinking that was why he did not sign a striker.
But Wenger has told us over and over again why he didn´t sign any more players and he also claimed that he found out the bad news on Welbeck on the Friday evening. That still left almost four days for a panic buy, so if he was lying he could have done it a lot better.
We can still be angry with Wenger´s transfer decisions but if we are going to be angry about him possibly lying, then we might as well give up on football.