Hilarious fake Arsene Wenger interview in Kenyan newspaper dupes UK media

Posted by - July 9, 2010 - Arsenal, Oddballs

I did not say ze incident

Several football websites were caught out when a Kenyan newspaper ran a fictional interview with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The interview, published in The Standard, is so ridiculously hilarious that you have to wonder how they fell for it.

The article doesn’t exactly draw you in gently. The opening exchange allegedly went:

REPORTER: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to have a word with you Sir.

WENGER: You are welcome. I would prefer you call me Arsene, not Sir because I’m a professor, not Sir.

The quote carried by outlets including Metro, ESPN, Pies and even PA referred to Wenger’s lack of trust in goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. The article reads:

REPORTER: Goalkeeping let you down last season, anybody going or coming?

WENGER: Manuel Almunia Rivero is a talented goalkeeper. In training, he is superb, the only problem is that he gets nervous on big matches, thereby making silly mistakes. After the World Cup, we will be making an announcement on goalkeeping.

And yet if all those journos had read-on just two more questions the would have found another BIG clue that something was amiss:

REPORTER: Why do you tend to like blacks?

WENGER: I look at quality, not colour.

Arsenal have issued a statement clarifying that the article was a fake. It said: “Arsenal Football Club would like to clarify that quotes attributed to Arsène Wenger today in a Kenyan newspaper are not correct. Arsène Wenger did not grant a one-on-one interview to the newspaper and have kindly asked all media not to attribute any quotes from this source to him.”

The journalist has now issued his rebuttal to Arsenal’s allegations that the interview was made up.

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  • Donjohni


  • Sydney Gooner

    This sums up the Quality of sports writers these days. To lazy to do their own work, and without the knowledge of the game or the people within it to know any difference.

    It’s hard to find another industry where the incompetent are amune to losing their jobs – Oh wait a min, Referee’s and FIFA delegates.

  • john

    i have seen them again in today’s standard. the journalist explains how he met arsene. He is a very reliable journalist here in kenya and am convinced he reported the truth.

  • Denno

    Hehehe, this is really funny. Apidi was on KBC a few days ago analysing some football match. unless Wenger himeself flew to Kenya no such interview took place.

  • Ad

    Reliable journalist, honest? You’re having a fucking laugh. They’re all the same. Jumping on the bandwagon to bash people, sucking Rooney’s sweaty cock. Fucking journo scum is all the same. If he agreed to an interview why then publicly deny it. John you are a prize cunt my friend. A proper prize cunt!

  • rodney

    yea i have seen them too john. but denno apidi has not been on kbc sice da wold cup started. he was in SA.

  • bobisto

    i also saw apidi on kbc, i think its abit cheap and silly of him to cheat on the world
    that he interviewed the professor yet he didnt. shame on you.

  • http://edu@yahoo.com edu

    Actually arsenal is lying. There was a clip of the said interview on KBC. There is a photo of the reporter with Arsene Wenger in today’s standard.

  • http://newsnow waff

    i think the whole issue true,actually as usual arsene wenger is a known hypocrite. its a shame and am not even amuse by the ze ‘vouyer’

  • pablo

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