Paul Scholes was typically a man of very few words over his playing career, only ever giving a rare interview or post-match discussion in front of the camera and because of this, ears perk up when he chooses to speak. Now that he has taken up a coaching role at United, he may choose to deal with the media more often than in his playing career and he has labelled Arsenal’s ‘pointless’ pretty football after another trophy-less season. Everyone knows that Arsenal play the most attractive football [at times] in the Premier League but considering they haven’t won a trophy in nearly 7 years, is it really an argument that has any standing? In that time since Arsenal won the FA Cup final in 2005 because Scholes unfortunately missed the deciding penalty, he has managed to get his hands on a UEFA Champions League medal, 4 Premier League medals and 3 Carling Cup medals, so he is in good stead to comment on the situation over at the Emirates.
“They may play the prettiest football, but it doesn’t always produce the results they need. It doesn’t irritate me because while they are doing that, we are winning games. They do play the best football to watch at times but what is the point of that if you are not winning anything? Not only that, they are potentially going to lose their best players, in Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy.”
Arsenal fans may scour at Scholes’ comments but all he is doing is speaking what every football fan [apart from an Arsenal one] is thinking. Barcelona play football the way they do because it wins them trophies but since ‘The Invincibles’ of the 2004 season, Arsenal have just…well, flopped. At every occasion where they need to step up, they have come short; the 2006 Champions League final and the 2010 Carling Cup final, for examples of such times. They just don’t know what winning is to put it bluntly. Every season Arsenal look promising for 75% of the time but that crucial 25%, a period where United typically excel in, is where Arsenal fall flat and end the season in what is now a traditionally unsavoury fashion. Scholes also discussed how he hasn’t got used to the fact that he won’t be playing for United competitively again:
“I woke up, put on the news and saw all the lads going back in for pre-season training and I have to say it did feel weird. I always knew my legs would tell me when it was time to retire and they did, so I’ve no complaints. I hope to be involved on the coaching side at Old Trafford. The manager is as driven and determined as ever — more so, if anything — and I like the way he has strengthened so far.”
Full story: The Independent