Finally Wilshere’s seven month investigation comes to an end. Let’s all try to get on with our lives.
July 10, 2012
Jack Wilshere has been officially warned about his conduct by UEFA following the very small amount of controversy that he generated last December when he sent that tweet where he joked about having a bet on Emmanuel Frimpong to score a goal.
Remember that? No? Basically he said that he thought Frimpong was ‘worth a cheeky £10’ to open the scoring against Olympiakos and then when he saw him hit the side netting Jack tweeted ‘Frimmy nearly won me some money there!’
Not a particularly juicy story to be honest and not a particularly juicy outcome but two things stand out for me here. Firstly The Sun report the story under the line: ‘Wilshere rapped for Arsenal wager boast’ which in my slightly hungover fug this morning I read as ‘Wilshere raped for Arsenal wager boast’. Really. I just sat there staring at the story, half awake, half asleep, trying to imagine any circumstances whereby UEFA would be allowed to dole out a punishment that steep for such an apparently minor offence, and how on top of that The Sun could report the story in such a casual way. ‘All he said was that Frimpong was worth a punt! This punishment is entirely incommensurate with the crime! The world has gone mad!! Platini is out of control!’
The second thing is that once I realised my error and actually read the story I saw that UEFA’s decision to reprimand Jack was as the result of ‘a seven month investigation’. A seven month investigation? What were they investigating for seven months? He’s not even been accused of making a bet, just saying that Frimpong was worth a bet. A tenner at that. What were they doing for seven months? Trawling through all of the available evidence? There were two tweets. By definition those can’t be any longer that 140 characters each. This wasn’t the Maastricht Treaty.
At least now we know where all that money they get from Arsene Wenger’s fines goes to. Funding pointlessly long winded investigations into very minor offences.
Elsewhere most news outlets seem to be under the impression that the club are discussing a new deal and contract extension for Laurent Koscielny. I don’t think any fan would argue with that. Kozzer was our best and most consistent defender last season and has entirely justified the faith shown in him by Le Boss in signing him as a relative unknown from Lorient two years ago. Now he’s an indispensable part of our back line and looks likely to become a first choice for the French national side in the years ahead.
Great to see real talent and performances rewarded and hopefully we can ward off any chance of a Van Persie/Nasri situation there.
On the subject of Van Persie, David Dein in an interview with Sky yesterday reiterated in part what we at the Marble Halls have been saying over the last week when speaking about RVP’s contract situation:
All I would hope, for the stability of the club, is whether he stays or whether he goes, it happens quickly.
You don’t want to see what happened last year when you had Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas stringing it out.
Clubs this week are going back for pre-season training. You want to have a settled squad.
I hope that whatever happens with Robin, it happens quickly.
He’s dead right and it’s down to the club to make that happen. They need to be strong and vocal and set out a timetable to suit their own ends. Their one brief statement on the subject aside the club have been very quiet over the last week. This week I want to hear a clear and sensible plan for how they intend to proceed.
The clock’s ticking.
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