Wenger Compares Manchester Derby Brawl To Sumo Wrestling, Praises 'Regular Player' Giroud

  • Wenger Compares Manchester Derby Brawl To Sumo Wrestling, Praises 'Regular Player' Giroud

Wenger Compares Manchester Derby Brawl To Sumo Wrestling, Praises 'Regular Player' Giroud

Hopefully you commit 100 per cent on the pitch and are an angel after.

The 68-year-old was responding to reports of a post-match fracas following Sunday's Manchester derby after Pep Guardiola's City won 2-1 at Old Trafford to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League. "It's always a little bit like an offence and that's why when I was in Japan I had sumo, because sumo you never can tell who victor is", he is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. "The victor never showed his happiness as there's a deep respect for the opponent".

"Is it something you can copy (in the Premier League)? I don't know because it is not part of our culture". It is hard to take, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side. It's always a little bit like an offence.

"It's part of the intensity and importance of the games, sometimes it can go a bit overboard".

He said: "You [the press] build these things up like it's life of death and then when it happens you can be surprised".

"It happened to us, it happened to them [United]. You want the passion to be on the football pitch".

Arsenal, who are sixth in the table, travel to face West Ham on Wednesday (8pm).

Indeed, Wenger takes his squad to West Ham on Wednesday having not lost at the home of the Hammers since 2006, when he fell out with then-West Ham manager Alan Pardew over an over-zealous celebration of a later Marlon Harewood victor.

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal demonstrated their strength in depth against Southampton as substitute Olivier Giroud's late leveller earned them a 1-1 draw.

Giroud tied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Premier League record for most goals by a substitute with the equaliser against Southampton, but told L'Equipe that he may have to consider finding a new club in January if he can not get more regular playing time.

"I consider Olivier Giroud as a regular player", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the striker, who has lost his starting place to summer signing Alexandre Lacazette. That is not always well known.