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Stop the whingeing Arsene Wenger

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DISTRAUGHT: Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross shows his emotions as he walks off the pitch after being shown a red card for the challenge on Aaron Ramsey

I THINK Arsene Wenger is going to have to invest in an I-Pod, as the Arsenal manager is beginning to sound like a broken record when it comes to moaning about the protection his players get, or rather the lack of it.

Granted, he had just watched one of his young starlets, Aaron Ramsey, forced off the field with a badly-broken leg after what appeared, on first glance, to be a simple mistimed tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.

But Wenger’s after-match press conference turned into a witch-hunt, accusing teams of targeting his team with physical intimidation, as well as berating Shawcross, labeling his tackle “horrendous and unacceptable.”

The unfortunate incident happened just 12 months after another Arsenal player, Eduardo, suffered a broken leg after a challenge with Martin Taylor in the game against Birmingham.

You can understand Wenger’s frustrations, but his reaction was way over the top.

I’m sure that Shawcross, and Taylor before him, did not step foot on the pitch, purposely seeking to inflict injury on anyone.

You could argue that Wenger’s verbal tirade was similar to Barrow joint manager Dave Bayliss’ more ‘physical’ reaction to seeing one of his players get seriously injured by an opposition player.

However, Wenger’s whinge-bagging is so frequent that journalists could practically pre-write his after-match comments when his side come up against a physical team.

The Frenchman has put together a very talented squad of players that could pass most teams in the Premier League off the pitch.

The talent that he has at his disposal is obviously greater than some of the other teams in the league and, as such, a bit of physicality is seen as a leveler.

That is not to say players go out to injure their fellow professionals.

Shawcross leaving the field in floods of tears is surely testament to that. The realisation of the severity of Ramsey’s injury was obviously overwhelming for the defender.

On a night when he should have been celebrating his call up to the England squad, he was instead, probably sat at home wrapped in guilt.

From my own experiences, when you cause an unintended injury to someone the feeling of guilt eats you up inside.

Hopefully Ramsey will make a full and speedy recovery and Shawcross won’t take Wenger’s rant to heart.

Have your say

Bah Humbug!
Wenger's comments are irrelevant.
The issue is the tackle, or as one Scottish pundit put it "the scythe".

Posted by GiulioB on 4 March 2010 at 20:59

Well said Dave -
Regardless of whether or not everyone agrees with Ian's column, it is good to see someone that has opinions and expresses them - better than just sitting on the fence!

Posted by Flex on 4 March 2010 at 16:19

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