• Week in Words

Reciprocal love and an evasive Obama

ESPN staff
December 30, 2012
Theo Walcott and Arsenal are in love, Arsene Wenger has claimed © PA Photos

This week we've got Arsene Wenger channelling his inner Tom Petty, Paul Lambert proving why he is considered one of the brightest minds in football management - and Louis Smith failing to get the hang of television replays.

"The club loves Theo, Theo loves the club and trust me reciprocal love is difficult to find."
Arsene Wenger tries his hand at writing love song lyrics.

"JDS looks really pretty. LOL."
Junior dos Santos's heavyweight rival, Alistair Overeem, shows trash talk in UFC is a whole different animal to that seen in boxing.

"When I saw the draw I thought 'Wow, it's really hard for my opponent'."
The old Raymond van Barneveld is back, fans at Ally Pally have said this week. Why, was the old Barney an arrogant plum too?

"The only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama because he is busy."
Sir Alex Ferguson rallies against the media attention directed towards him.

"The referee, he ate too much for Christmas. He was not in good form."
Roberto Mancini suggests there is a correlation between amount of food eaten prior to the match and refereeing performance - a hypothesis that, if proven correct, could revolutionise officiating.

"You don't need to be Einstein to tell them what went wrong at Chelsea."
Relief all round as Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert confirms he knows what needs addressing after seeing his side lose 8-0.

"It still scares me, I always think I will fall off even though I know the outcome."
Louis Smith can't watch his Olympic performance without going slightly mad, it seems.

"If I had tried to hit him on the head deliberately, I would have missed!"
Swansea defender Ashley Williams with the classic, if slightly demeaning, defence of, 'I'm not good enough to do something like that on purpose!'. You're right, Ashley.

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