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Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger ‘needed to hit’ Sky Sports activities reporter over ‘brutal’ query after Man Utd thrashing

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Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have been thrashed 8-2 by Man Utd in 2011 (Footage: Getty)

Arsene Wenger ‘needed to hit’ Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves over his ‘brutal’ line of questioning after Manchester United thrashed Arsenal 8-2 at Previous Trafford.

Arsenal suffered their worst defeat since 1896 once they have been battered by Sir Alex Ferguson’s United in August 2011.

Wayne Rooney scored the sixth hat-trick of his United profession as Manchester United swept apart an Arsenal aspect depleted by accidents and suspensions.

In Wenger’s post-match interview with Sky Sports activities, Shreeves requested the legendary supervisor whether or not he was contemplating resigning and if he thought he nonetheless had the backing of the Arsenal board.

Consequently, Wenger – who would proceed to handle Arsenal till Could 2018 – ‘needed to hit’ the reporter.

In his new guide, Cheers, Geoff! Tales from the Touchline, Shreeves writes: ‘I first interviewed Arsene Wenger when he joined Arsenal in 1996. We’d communicate 30 instances a season, over the 21 years he was in cost.

Sky Sports activities’ Geoff Shreeves interviewed Wenger after the match (Image: Getty)

‘I do know what makes him tick, he is aware of how I work however there are nonetheless moments when the connection spills over into antagonism.

‘After Arsenal had been crushed 8-2 by Manchester United at Previous Trafford in 2011, there was no room for soft-soap questions — Wenger needed to face an inquisition.

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‘I requested if he would resign and if he thought the board would again him. Brutal questions.

Manchester United embarrassed the Gunners (Image: Getty)

‘I may see the anger constructing in his eyes and afterwards Arsenal’s head of media, Mark Gonnella mentioned: “The boss has simply advised me he needed to hit you throughout that interview, he was so indignant.”

‘Years later, Arsene advised me: “Geoff, I needed to hit you that day, it’s true. However you weren’t the one one — there have been many others.”

‘Wenger was all the time fascinating, he by no means ducked an interview, by no means made an excuse or stepped away. He would all the time entrance up.’


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