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