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Arsenal boss slates Terry’s violent tackle

The Arsenal v Chelsea debate rumbles on, with both parties still pointing an accusing finger after Sunday’s feisty encounter. Now one of the managers has waded into the debate and surprisingly, it’s not Avram ‘I’ve got a chip on my shoulder’ Grant. As reported in The Guardian, the Arsenal boss is clearly unhappy that John Terry is mouthing off about Emmanuel Eboue’s challenge (which left the Chelsea captain with three broken bones in his foot), when the defender committed a far worse foul on Cesc Fabregas.

“The referee has not seen exactly the violence of [Terry’s] tackle, so he got away with it,” said Wenger. “Good luck to him. But that doesn’t mean that Eboué wanted to injure him or tried to ‘do’ him. I have watched that tackle again and it is not obvious. I don’t think he wanted to ‘do’ John Terry. He has touched him and I am really sorry that John Terry is injured but I think he should have been [sent] off already for that tackle on Fábregas.”

Strong words from Monsieur Wenger, although the expression ‘wanting to do him’ just doesn’t sound quite right, coming from such a well-mannered and intelligent man! Perhaps things might have calmed down by 22nd March, when the two teams are scheduled to play each other in the Premier League. However, a possible match-up may occur earlier if they both reach the Carling Cup final in February.

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