Arsene Wenger brands Leonardo Jardim a liar

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Arsene Wenger has accused AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim of lying to the media in the wake of their Champions League clash.

Arsenal crashed out to the Ligue 1 outfit on away goals following a spirited effort to try to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the principality. The Gunners got two of the three goals required but fell just short.

The drama didn't stop there though as Jardim, still ecstatic from an unlikely victory, accused Wenger of refusing to shake his hand after their 3-1 victory in the first leg. The Monaco manager used it as an excuse not to shake Wenger's hand upon the final whistle at the St Louis II stadium.

The accusation

“In the first leg, when I wanted to thank Arsene and shake his hand, it’s true that Arsene didn’t shake my hand, so even though Monaco did everything to make life comfortable for Arsenal tonight, I decided not to thank him,” he said in the aftermath of the second leg.

"I am therefore surprised and disappointed to hear such lies"

“I think it was disrespectful. Right now, we’re celebrating and we think Arsenal did not show enough respect during the first leg.”

Wenger, however, refuses to accept Jardim's version of events and has openly accused his counterpart of lying to the media in an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

Wenger's response

The Arsenal manager explained to L'Equipe, as quoted by Goal: “Pictures show that I waited to congratulate the Monaco coach after the game. He celebrated his victory with his staff, which I quite understand.

"I congratulated him after the press conference. I am therefore surprised and disappointed to hear such lies.

"That said, I wish Monaco all the best and good luck for the future."

Sore loser

Jardim seem to have touched Wenger's nerve, but the Gunners boss certainly has a reputation for not shaking an opponents hand when his team have come out as losers.

Wenger did not shake hands with Anderlecht manager Besnik Hasi after Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead in front of their own fans earlier this season.

He also ignored Jose Mourinho in October after Arsenal succumbed to a slow-paced 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. They did, however, have a shoving match on the touchline during the game.

So is Wenger just a sore loser?

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