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James Lawton: No shame in saying sorry to Arsène Wenger

Yesterday it was suggested here that Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger had declared that Barcelona, his team's victims in a superb Champions League game on Wednesday, were the best team in football history.

This was not correct, he merely, if rather coyly, said they were the best team that he had faced in his career.

Since Wenger's career as one of football's foremost intellectuals probably started in his toddling days, and that he was 21 when the fabulous Brazil won the 1970 World Cup and much older when the Milan teams of Baresi, Gullit and Van Basten were on the march to three European titles, some may feel his statement was a little disingenuous.

However, I was wrong and it is no hardship apologising to a great football man.

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