One day, Arsene Wenger will do something to make Piers Morgan smile.
Arsenal’s biggest cheerleader also happens to be Wenger’s biggest critic. Even on the day the Frenchman celebrated his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager, Morgan found the time to criticise him by bemoaning the club’s 12-year title drought.
Morgan’s outspoken nature saw him feature on last week’s The Premier League Show with Gabby Logan, Ian Wright, John Hartson, Martin Keown and Amy Lawrence.
So you have three former professionals who used to play under Wenger and a journalist who wrote a book about the Invincibles. Then Morgan.
Of course, the most negative words about Wenger came from his mouth.
To be fair to Morgan, many fans will agree with his major slight of Wenger’s two decades: the decision to sell Robin van Persie in 2012.
Manchester United might not have won the 2012-13 Premier League title had Wenger not agreed to give them Van Persie. The Dutchman scored 26 goals as Sir Alex Ferguson led the Red Devils to glory.
It’s a decision that, to this day, Wenger probably regrets. His team finished fourth that season, 16 points behind United.
And Morgan still won’t let the 66-year-old live it down.
“He should have been sacked for that alone [selling Van Persie],” Morgan said on the BBC Sport programme.
“Seriously, you sell your captain and your best player to your number one rivals and they win the league and he wins the golden boot.
“You think he’s still the same ruthless winner he was before?”
Van Persie wanted the title
It was a costly mistake. But one in which Keown believes was unavoidable.
“[Wenger] has a human quality when it comes to his players,” the former Arsenal defender told the Daily Mail. “There’s a goodness in him and he wants the best for them, like letting Jack Wilshere go to Bournemouth.
“It didn’t go down well when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United. Can you imagine Sir Alex Ferguson letting his striker become the final piece in the jigsaw for Arsenal?
“But it was Van Persie’s dream. He wasn’t about to win the title at Arsenal."
Injuries meant that Van Persie was a pain in Arsenal’s side for just one season. But it was a season that Arsenal fans will remember as the one in which they helped United win the title.