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Wenger and Pellegrini become grumpy old men

ESPN staff
February 23, 2014
Arsene Wenger makes his point loud and clear to Arjen Robben © PA Photos

In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini both have a moan, while Sergio Garcia transforms into Mr Nice Guy.

"A big man goes down from a slap in the face. I'd be more embarrassed about that. It's wrong because I've seen worse cuddles"

Worcester coach Dean Ryan slams Northampton's Sam Dickinson for his part in the red carding of Jonathan Thomas.

"There are very strange goings on at Fulham and I'm not liking what I'm seeing"

Former Fulham midfielder John Collins is not very happy with his old club's decision to appoint Felix Magath.

"He favoured Barcelona from the beginning to the end"

Probably the tamest comment from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's post-match rant at referee Jonas Eriksson following their loss to Barcelona.

"Yes - he has enough experience to know to make more of it"

Arsene Wenger admits he made a 'diving' gesture towards Arjen Robben during Arsenal's defeat to Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.

"I must make this clear: I did not spit. I would never do that in my life. If I ever spat at an opponent, I'd never be able to show my face to my family ever again"

Meanwhile, Arjen Robben denies reports that he spat on Bacary Sagna during Bayern Munich's win at Arsenal.

"I feel like unfortunately the game lately hasn't been what it should be. I think that we are gentlemen"

Sergio Garcia left Arizona with some good PR attached to his name after conceding an 18-foot par putt in his WGC Match Play defeat to Rickie Fowler.

"Not getting the financial model back in shape is not an option. Ultimately you go into receivership"

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver on the battle he faces to straighten out the game's financial problems Down Under.

"There's a good chance I could miss the crowds anyway. Top Gear is on that night, so I don't expect anyone to stick around and miss that"

Former England prop David Flatman on his bid to run the Bath half marathon.

"What he will be is Sam Burgess: he'll be able to carry, tackle, pass through the line, pass before the line, smash people, be our talisman, be our leader"

Bath coach Mike Ford was clearly pleased with his new cross-code recruit.

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