In the immediate moments after Tottenham Hotspur defeated Arsenal 2-0 in the final North London Derby at White Hart Lane, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did something I can’t remember him ever doing before: he walked out of a post-match interview with Sky Sports.
It’s really hard to tell what happened from this particular video, since the audio is so quiet, but here’s the full video, courtesy of Sky. Wenger, to his credit, appeared conciliatory and complementary, saying that Tottenham deserved to win the match, and noting his side’s inability to score late in the second half to halve Spurs’ deficit.
Still, it’s a little difficult to say what set Arsene off in this instance. The Sky interviewer was pressing him on a number of fronts, trying to get him to admit that Arsenal were the weaker side, and asking whether finishing behind Spurs for the first time in his tenure as manager of Arsenal hurt him personally. Wenger didn’t seem to take the bait, but maybe got frustrated having to talk about why his team was crap today.
Arsene’s job is very much in jeopardy after a long career with the Gunners, and today’s loss to Spurs won’t do anything to appease the large percentage of Gooner faithful that want him gone.
And while this video maybe wasn’t as dramatic as it first looked on social media, as a Spurs fan the optics — and the implied #banter — are pretty dang glorious.