VIDEO: Lineker does Wenger impression to sign off Match of the Day
08:56 GMT, 29 April 2012
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but we're not sure Arsene Wenger will be too impressed by Gary Lineker's impression of the Arsenal boss.
Wenger was targeted by Stoke fans as the Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium. His touchline habit of waving his arms about in an animated fashion
was repeatedly aped by thousands of home supporters throughout the game.
And Match of the Day presenter Lineker joined in the 'banter' as he signed off the BBC1 highlights show on Saturday night.
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Thick skin: Arsene Wenger is singled out by Stoke supporters
There is no love lost between these teams, not least because of the game in February 2010 when Ryan Shawcross’s challenge broke Aaron Ramsey’s tibia and fibula.
Likewise the fans, and between Stoke supporters and Wenger in particular. Asked about his relationship with them, the Frenchman said: ‘They have a relationship with me but I don’t have one with them!
‘I have enough experience to cope and it doesn’t bother me too much. I am not responsible for the way people behave in the stands.’
He was more bothered by the booing of Ramsey. ‘I don’t think you can be especially proud of booing Aaron Ramsey.
Used to it: Wenger has a strange relationship with the Stoke fans
‘He hasn’t done anything wrong,’ said Arsenal’s boss.
Wenger’s counterpart, Tony Pulis, deflected the Ramsey issue by saying: ‘I was more concerned with the Arsenal fans booing Shawcross.’
Indeed, for periods in the second half, the visiting fans chanted: ‘Ryan Shawcross, you know what you are.’
This behaviour was unedifying, and the football itself did not add up to much, but it was the result rather than the performance that really mattered.
‘This was a good result because Newcastle dropped points today,’ stressed Wenger. ‘But we still need to win our last two games to be sure of third place.’
The upshot is Arsenal’s destiny remains in their own hands. They sit four points clear of Newcastle who have a game in hand, and they lie seven and eight points respectively ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea, who each have two games in hand.