Wenger ‘wanted to hit’ Geoff Shreeves
Sky Sports’ coverage has put the Premier League in orbit for the past 30 years – and no one has been closer to the action than the channel’s main football interviewer, GEOFF SHREEVES.
In his new book, Cheers, Geoff! Tales from the Touchline reveals some of the secrets of the inner sanctuary, including a conversation with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger.
I first interviewed Arsene Wenger when he joined Arsenal in 1996.
We spoke 30 times a season, during his 21 years in charge.
I know what drives him, he knows how I work, but there are still times when the relationship turns into antagonism.
After Arsenal were beaten 8-2 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011, there was no room for soft soap questions – Wenger faced an inquisition.
I asked if he would step down and if he thought the board would support him. Brutal questions.
I could see the anger building in his eyes and then Arsenal’s head of media, Mark Gonnella, said: “The boss just told me he wanted to hit you during that interview, he was so angry.”
Years later, Arsene told me, “Geoff, I wanted to hit you that day, it’s true. But you weren’t the only one—there were many more.’