Arsene Wenger has upset a lot of people with 'insensitive' comment relating to mental health 1 year ago

Arsene Wenger has upset a lot of people with 'insensitive' comment relating to mental health

We are sure he will regret it in hindsight.

Arsene Wenger is widely accepted as a courteous, knowledgeable and sensitive man. Indeed he is perhaps one of the most altruistic managers in the game. But on Wednesday night, following his side's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates, the legendary Arsenal boss made an uncharacteristically insensitive joke that many did not appreciate.

For context, Chelsea had an opportunity to grab a late winner late as Davide Zappacosta hit the bar in the last few seconds. When Wenger, already unhappy with the draw, was asked in his press conference how he would have reacted if the shot had gone in, he joked: "I don't know, maybe I would have gone home and committed suicide tonight!"

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. And around 75% of all UK suicides are male. So it is understandable that many were deeply disappointed by the remark. Awareness and acceptance of mental health issues and depression are improved hugely over the last few years, and many feel joking about it isn't helpful.

Knowing Wenger, he'll appreciate that his comment was ill-judged.