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Sour grapes for Arsene

Sour grapes for Arsene

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has reverted to standard procedure and attempted to deflect criticism from the media that his team are a bunch of southern softies and accused the Stoke team of being 'cowards'

He's still smarting from the 2-1 defeat at the Brit on Saturday and didn't criticise the Potters after the match, instead saying that his players were 'not as sharp' as Stoke. But now, in the wake of the storm from the national media, has come out with a belated attack.

He's reserved special criticism for Ryan Shawcross for his tackle on Adebayor and Rory Delap's tackle on Theo Walcott, calling them both cowards. Yes, both tackles were slightly late but neither could be deemed deliberate and to call Stoke dirty as a result is a gross distortion of the facts and, for those of us who know the team, totally untrue.

That man really needs to get a reality check - has he forgotten he called Van Persie's sending off 'harsh' on Saturday? The Gunners' striker deliberately ran into Thomas Sorensen with his foot raised and knocked him to the ground just after we'd scored our second goal. How can he ignore the sending off of one of his players, which happened while the ball was in Sorensen's hands, whilst complaining about two events that occurred in the normal run of play?

Still, at the end of the day, we won, you didn't - move on Arsene.....



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Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Tuesday November 4 2008
Time: 9:31PM

Comments

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'slightly' late?
theking13
04/11/2008 22:22:00
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come on what did you expect the coach to say?? the better team won? they always make excuse. it was an upset for arsenal.
ArabianKnight
04/11/2008 22:24:00
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Well said Arsene, we all know you stoke fans are in the little Englanders fan club along with Sam Allardyce, you cant play us at football just like Bolton couldnt so you kick us to bits, its the only way you know how! If you never saw that Shawcross challenge on Ade was off the pitch then youve either got ***** in your eyes or your just bloody liars.
Big - Gun
04/11/2008 23:41:00
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What are 'soar grapes'?
Smudgie
05/11/2008 00:03:00
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Wenger is a great manager and I love watching his sides when they are in full flow. But he is also the the game's biggest hypocrite. The only challenge on Saturday where we KNOW that there was an intentional serious foul was the barge on Sorensen for which van Persie rightly got a red card. I notice Wenger does not think this was cowardly - in fact he thinks a red card was harsh. Get a grip Arsene, or the title will be out of reach before you have calmed down and got your team back on track.
fornside
05/11/2008 07:42:00
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Big-Gun...you obversely wasn't at the game then the only bad tackle in that game was when Adebayor came in waist height on shawcross and rightly so adebayor got yellow carded, shawcross went in hard and fair put adebayor of the pitch. Delap didn't even touch walcott. Stoke were hard and fair arsenal just didn't like a hard match. Well done Stoke!!
scfc2008
05/11/2008 16:13:00
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Can I just say I disagree with what Big Gun said. However Wenger didn't say you didn't deserve your win, you did! It was a long drive home. He is upset because this is not the first time we've lost big players because of fouls that are made because there is a pre-concieved idea that we 'don't like a tackle. If Rory Delap was caught very late, went down and broke his collar bone (and couldn't take another throw-in all season) we see how Tony P would react! Please remember though that a lot of these headlines have been set-up by joournalists in the first place!
navydave
05/11/2008 16:24:00
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