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I Bet You Never Thought You'd Hear Arsene Wenger Talk About Cristiano Ronaldo's Abs

The Frenchman has been doing a spot of punditry in his spare time
The Frenchman has been doing a spot of punditry in his spare time

The former Arsenal manager has been talking in glowing terms about the Cristiano Ronaldo strike that gave his Juventus side the lead in their tie with Manchester United in Turin last night.

“We’re still surprised,” said Wenger. “Because he does the unexpected he shows his ‘abdoms’ [abdominal muscles] after, but he doesn’t score because of his ‘abdoms’. He scored because his skill and speed of decisions.”

But Ronaldo’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat after some late substitutions and set-piece productivity from the visitors and that won’t go down well with the Portuguese, in the mind of Wenger.

“He will go home tonight, believe me, absolutely gutted because a goal like that will not be highlighted because they lost the game,” he said.

The 69-year-old has recently said that he is ready to return to work after a spell of recuperation following his break-up with the Gunners and that he expects to be back in work “in the New Year”. He has, it must be said, cut a more relaxed figure in recent appearances in the press than he did during the greying later years of his time in London.

He had been linked with a move to Serie A to take over from Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan, where his former Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, who is soon to take up the same role with the somewhat sleepy Italian giants.

But Wenger himself has just rubbished them claims, and so it’s not yet clear where his next destination will be. He’s been linked to the vacant permanent manager’s job at Real Madrid, as well as a move to the boardroom at PSG.

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