Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doom Amd Groom for Angry Wenger

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doom Amd Groom for Angry Wenger

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ARSENE WENGER is already understood to be close to erupting BEFORE his team even set foot back into St James' Park - due to a Geordie wedding.

The Arsenal boss left Tyneside after last season's 4-4 draw fuming after watching his side leave Gallowgate after squandering a four-goal lead - a result that hammered a huge dent into his side's Premier League title hopes on a day when Wenger's game plan was torn up and left lying round the technical area like confetti.

Back then, Wenger left Toon without giving United the credit they deserved for coming back from such a big deficit.

Wenger has painful memories of taking on Alan Pardew during his West Ham days with the Toon boss picking up two wins and a draw during his stint as Hammers boss.

Flight delays after last season's game also rattled Arsenal after the enthralling contest.

Toon manager Pardew famously clashed with Wenger back in 2006 when West Ham polished off Arsenal 1-0 at Upton Park.

Pardew's Bruce Forsyth-type fist celebration close to the Arsenal technical area caused Wenger to flip.

Now the Chronicle can reveal that Wenger's plans for the big clash were badly interrupted when plans for his team to stay in his preferred choice of a Tyneside hotel were torn up because of a Geordie wedding.

The decision by ESPN to make the game a tea-time kick-off caused Arsenal to switching their Friday night hotel to a Durham location because of the wedding party and the volume of guests at the original hotel, which was only a short coach ride from the ground.

This has left Wenger far from happy, and a source close to the Arsenal camp told the Chronicle: "Arsene loves everything to be perfect when it comes to preparation but this wedding has thrown a real spanner in the works.

"It was caused by the kick-off time being changed meaning a change of venue. …

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