The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has launched an outspoken attack on Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, criticising the Frenchman for ’persistent overuse of foreign players’ and ‘lack of killer touch‘.
The Archbishop made the remarks in a guest editorial for Shoot magazine. He goes on to complain about Wenger’s increasing use of the fluid 4-3-3 formation.
Wenger played down claims that the Archbishop had overstepped the mark: ‘He’s a football fan like any other and he’s free to express his views,’ he told reporters.
The remarks are the strongest attack on a Premier Leauge manager since Lord Runcie‘s famous ‘You‘re shit, and you know you are‘ outbursts in Synod in 1987.
A spokesman from Lambeth Palace said that Dr Williams was busy reviewing the 4-2-4 chalice-formation used at last week’s Commonwealth Communion Service in Westminster Abbey, and was therefore unavailable for comment.