Wenger ‘wanted to hit’ Geoff Shreeves
Sky Sports’ coverage has taken the Premier League into orbit over the past 30 years — and nobody has been closer to the action than the channel’s chief football interviewer, GEOFF SHREEVES.
In his new book, Cheers, Geoff! Tales from the Touchline, he reveals some of the secrets of the inner sanctum, including a brush with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger.
I FIRST interviewed Arsene Wenger when he joined Arsenal in 1996.
We’d speak 30 times a season, over the 21 years he was in charge.
I know what makes him tick, he knows how I work but there are still moments when the relationship spills over into antagonism.
After Arsenal had been beaten 8-2 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011, there was no room for soft-soap questions — Wenger had to face an inquisition.
I asked if he would resign and if he thought the board would back him. Brutal questions.
I could see the anger building in his eyes and afterwards Arsenal’s head of media, Mark Gonnella said: “The boss has 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 were not the only one — there were many others.”