Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defenders 15-minute flight from London to Norwich

Posted by - October 23, 2012 - Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been defending his club’s decision to charter a private jet for a 15 minute flight to Saturday’s away match at Norwich.

The Frenchman said there were no trains running at suitable times and his squad couldn’t risk getting snarled up in London’s Friday evening rush hour traffic.

He said: “Usually we take the train and there was no train available, so in the end we decided to fly because we had to drive up on Friday afternoon at the moment when you never know how long it lasts.”

But the move has met with disapproval from Friends of the Earth.

Norwich and Norfolk Friends of the Earth coordinator Jennifer Parkhouse told the Eastern Daily Press: “It is absolutely absurd. I cannot see any reason why they would have flown, other than it being a rather ostentatious display of the players’ and the club’s wealth.

“If the flight took 14 minutes, they must have spent more time just getting on and off the plane than in the air.”

But the Gunners have defended their transport arrangements.

A club spokesman told the Telegraph: “The club considers all transport options available for the first team when travelling to an away fixture.

“Given the severe disruption to rail services at the weekend the most time efficient option was to fly, hence the first team made the journey by plane from London to Norwich.”

It never would have happened in Dennis Bergkamp’s day!

  • Deano

    It’s only 2.5-3 hrs in a luxury coach from London to Norwich . How hard for the team. Might they get tired and be lack lustre in their performance….. Oh !! They were anyway AND they flew.still they can pay for the flights by over charging their supporters for tickets and under performing every year.SHAME ON YOU AESENAL