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Jack Wilshere reveals Arsene Wenger’s angriest moment in Arsenal history

Jack Wilshere has revealed an incident that got former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger very angry during his time in north London

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere
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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has shed light on a moment of rare fury from legendary Gunners manager Arsene Wenger during their shared time at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger, renowned for his composed demeanour both on the touchline and in the dressing room, occasionally allowed his emotions to boil over, as Wilshere disclosed. The midfielder, who spent his entire Arsenal career under Wenger’s tutelage, offered insights into a particularly heated episode involving the iconic manager.

While Wenger’s tenure yielded significant success in the Premier League and FA Cup, the elusive Champions League trophy remained beyond Arsenal’s grasp throughout his 22-year reign. Despite memorable European campaigns, including a heart-wrenching defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 final, the pinnacle of frustration for Wenger came during a clash with the Catalan giants in the 2010/11 Champions League campaign.

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Arsenal forward Robin van Persie was given a controversial red card against Barcelona in the Champions League

Robin van Persie was given a controversial red card against Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League (Image credit: Getty Images)

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In the first leg, Arsenal secured a remarkable 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium. However, their fortunes took a dramatic turn in the return leg at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi’s opener for Barcelona was countered by an own goal from Sergio Busquets, propelling Arsenal ahead on aggregate.

The pivotal moment arrived when Arsenal’s Robin van Persie received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away after the whistle had blown. Despite Van Persie’s claims of not hearing the whistle, referee Massimo Busacca remained unmoved, infuriating Wenger beyond measure.

Wilshere reflected on the incident, recalling Wenger’s unprecedented fury. “I was thinking, ‘What have I just seen?’ I remember being angry, and Arsene was so angry,” Wilshere revealed. “He was usually so calm, but he knew this was out of his control. That’s when I knew it must have been a bad refereeing performance for him to react like that, with all that he’d seen in the game.”

Despite Arsenal yet to win the Champions League in their history, there’s a newfound optimism that Mikel Arteta’s project will finally lead them to European glory.

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