Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stoke 'Cowards' Targeted My Players, Says Wenger; Hitting Out: Arsene Wenger Is Angry That Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor Were Injured against Stoke on Saturday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stoke 'Cowards' Targeted My Players, Says Wenger; Hitting Out: Arsene Wenger Is Angry That Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor Were Injured against Stoke on Saturday

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Byline: JAMES OLLEY

ARSENE WENGER today branded Stoke City's players cowards and reiterated his belief that teams are deliberately trying to injure his Arsenal side.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott joined the Gunners' lengthy absentee list after picking up injuries against the Premier League new boys on Saturday.

William Gallas and Emmanuel Eboue are also missing for tomorrow night's Champions' League visit of Fenerbahce and boss Wenger suggested his side have been the target of malicious tackling designed to cause harm.

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen had accused Arsenal of lacking a spine but Wenger hit back by insisting that his side's commitment to entertaining football is proof of their bravery in the face of provocation.

He said: "I read that my team were not brave. I can say that they are and for me you need to have more courage to play football when you know that someone is tackling you from behind without any intention to play the ball.

"The only intention is to hurt you and I can show you some tackles where I can prove what I say. The one who is tackling is not the brave one, for me the brave one is the player who is trying to play football.

"Of course it happened at the weekend. Do you think that Rory Delap tried to play the ball when he tackled Walcott or that Ryan Shawcross tried to play the ball when he tackled Adebayor off the pitch? All the players have been injured deliberately.

"Do you want me to tell you the players we lost here? Abou Diaby, deliberate foul from behind. Tomas Rosicky, deliberate foul. Eduardo, deliberate foul. Now we lose Walcott, deliberate foul. "And we have lost Bacary Sagna (below), deliberate foul on him. There is only one intention when he was tackled and that is the ankle and you want me, on top of that, to sit here and say 'yes, sorry we are not brave'. …

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