You might expect the problems Arsene Wenger is having at Arsenal would be a source of happiness for anyone connected with our north London rivals Tottenham. So it was a surprise for me to read a very understanding and sympathetic take on the situation from their former manager Harry Redknapp.
Anyone who had been reading and commenting on Arsenal in the football media or websites in the build up to the planned protest by Arsenal fans during the home match against Norwich at the weekend could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be an almost unanimous outpouring of anger towards Arsene Wenger.
When the smoke clears and the dust settles after the final whistle of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Man City this evening, there will still be a couple of match days left before we even reach the halfway point of the season.
Arsenal fans have got clear reasons to not be too inclined to any feelings of warmth towards Harry Redknapp. Not only did ‘arry manage our arch rivals Tottenham for a few years, he fathered Jamie who played for the spuds and just loves to give the Gunners some stick in his role as a football pundit on TV.
It comes with the territory I suppose and is probably the case with most local rivals, but the manager´s of Arsenal and Tottenham have often had little spats and obviously a great deal of rivalry. In recent years, of course, that has meant Arsene Wenger against a long line of coaches that have tried, with some coming very close but all failing, to finish above the Gunners in the Premier League.
It seems that all the sniping and criticism that has been aimed at the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere in recent times has not just been like water off a duck’s back. Wilshere has tried to keep it to himself and let the frustration show, but the recent comments from Jamie Redknapp seem to have been the last straw.