Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has bizarrely criticised Arsenal and Arsene Wenger following our Champions League last 16 exit.
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Jardim says he refused to shake the hand of Wenger because the Frenchman had snubbed him following the Ligue 1 side’s 3-1 win at the Emirates, saying the Gunners boss refused to greet him then so he did the same after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at the Stade Louis II.
“In the first leg, when I wanted to shake his hand, he did not thank me, so this time, even though Arsenal did everything possible to go through, I chose not to thank him,” said Jardim, reports Guardian.
“I think so,” said the Portuguese when asked whether Wenger’s behaviour was disrespectful. “And right now we are celebrating and think that Arsenal maybe did not show all the respect that they should have during the first leg.”
It’s quite hilarious to see Jardim waxing lyrical about respect when you consider the conduct of some of Monaco’s players during the second-leg and even Jardim’s in the first.
Rotational fouls, going down easy, time wasting from the first minute, their goalkeeper holding onto the ball, elongated substitutions. Not to mention the on-point Jose Mourinho tribute act/surge down the touchline in the first leg from the coach.
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To be fair to him, perhaps Jardim has been caught up the glow of his side’s unexpected last-16 win and innocently failed to remember these instances or perhaps it’s just a serious case of double standards and arrogance.
But whether Wenger – and by extension the Arsenal fan base – should actually cares about the opinions of a two-bit coach is another matter entirely.