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Week in Words: Wenger opts out of peacekeeping

ESPN staff
December 16, 2013
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil were left to settle their differences with stereotypical efficiency © PA Photos

In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, Kevin Pietersen gets both barrels from Geoffrey Boycott, Arsene Wenger decides to leave the Germans to it and Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins kiss and make up...

"United have Kagawa, Rooney, De Gea is the goalkeeper. I know them very well because I play with them a lot in video games as they are a great team. You play it one day after the other and know the players even better"

Cruzeiro (and FIFA '14) player Everton Ribeiro believes he could be the answer to Manchester United's midfield woes

"Where's Kevin Pietersen? Is he there? He was on the boundary, out of it, like a cow grazing in the meadow"

Geoff Boycott focuses his disgust with England's ensuing Ashes capitulation at a familiar target

"We were horrendous"

Matt Prior delivers his own brutal assessment of England's performances so far

"My worry is it's going to leave a scar on the domestic game which is going to take a while to heal"

Welsh No.8 Ryan Jones fears the after-effects of the player exodus in his native land

"It was very constructive and we are in a good place now"

Tour de France champion Chris Froome reveals he and Bradley Wiggins have cleared the air

"Athletics is a microcosm of real life. In real life you will always have people who cheat. It's unrealistic to expect athletics to be drug-free"

Michael Johnson is not too optimistic on putting an end to doping in athletics

"The idea is not to treat rugby as a toy that you can invest in for fun"

London Irish CEO David Fitzgerald on the new investors' plans for the club

"I apologise for me and the team that we couldn't score four goals against Bayern Munich"

Don't be so hard on yourself, Manuel Pellegrini. But someone get the man a calculator for Christmas

"If we're going to be honest, then just say, 'We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a**h*** in the world'. Fair. I can live with that"

Lance Armstrong believes he has been singled out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for not being Mr Nice Guy. Had it been USAHA, he'd have been okay with it

"Having to one day replace Jonny Wilkinson is the kind of thing that falls on you once in 100 years"

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is hoping to put off the search for Wilko's successor

"Give me a piece of wood now so I can touch it"

Kyle Anderson earns a share of £30,000 after hitting a perfect nine-dart leg at the PDC World Championship - an hour after Terry Jenkins did the same

"That is the Germans, they will sort that out between themselves"

Arsene Wenger chose to stay well clear of Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil's angry exchange after the defeat by Manchester City

"If you're spending in the region of £20 million on a squad when we're spending £5 million, it's a huge disparity, but that's part of the challenge"

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea gets his smug on after beating Parisian big-spenders Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup

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