Arsene Wenger's puffy coat has been a running joke amongst fans and commentators alike for years. And when Wenger started having trouble with the zipper on his sleeping bag with arms, he might've thought the mockery couldn't get much worse. But now even the New York Times has chimed in with a story about the sorry fashions of Premier League managers wherein Wenger serves as its main, puffy-coated pinata.
Though Rafa Benitez's ill-fitting suits, Tony Pulis' baseball cap and Martin Jol's "Russian shot-put team" style are all taken to task, it's Wenger's coat that is highlighted most prominently. From the New York Times:
Then there was Arsène Wenger. In the bitter cold and swirling snow at a recent Arsenal game, Wenger encased himself in what has unfortunately become his signature garment: a fluffy, puffy, oddly elongated, sausagelike parka that surely keeps him warm, but also makes him look like a caterpillar in a sleeping bag.
Roberto Mancini and Andre Villas-Boas are designated the league's best-dressed managers, though Villas-Boas is docked points for wearing a thermal vest under his suit jacket -- an accusation the Times contacted Tottenham to confirm. A "person at Manchester City who would speak only if his name was nowhere near this information" also confirmed that Mancini's famous scarf is specially made it Italy and not the version available in City's club shop.
Move over match-fixing, football has a new scandal.