The Truth About Ryan Shawcross: Arsenal Offence Not an Isolated Incident

As Emirates youngster Aaron Ramsey recovers from a horror tackle the jury it out on Stoke City centre back’s track record.

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Sports News - February 28, 2010

OK so in amongst the media spin and retched vile plastered all over the shop there are some home truths that can not be avoided or hidden.

No Ryan Shawcross is not an animal but neither is he Mother Theresa. If I hear another person state with gleaming inaccuracy “He isn’t that type of player” I think I might also attempt a horror tackle of my own. Lets get this straight. It was not just an unfortunate accident that left Emirates midfielder Aaron Ramsey in agony and one, as this source below states, will clearly take an indeterminate amount of time to recover from.

LONDON – Arsenal’s teenage Wales international Aaron Ramsey has had surgery for a double leg break following his horrific injury in Saturday’s Premier League match against Stoke City, the club said on Sunday.
“Aaron Ramsey sustained fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Yesterday evening he underwent surgery,” the club said in a statement on their website.
“The operation successfully reduced the fractures and whilst it is too soon to state an exact timescale for recovery, Aaron will certainly miss the remainder of this season.
“Our thoughts are with Aaron at this time and everyone at the club wishes him all the best in making as speedy a return to action as possible.” (Four Four Two)

Premier League: Stoke City 1 v 3 Arsenal

True the tackle wasn’t your typical studs up over the ball assault Arsenal fans have become accustom to, but it was a reckless moment that could well cost a young man his career. Now anyone who thinks that this is an isolated incident and one that should be swept under the carpet, think again.

The excellent Lady Arse has unearthed a myriad of offences committed by the Stoke centre back, CLICK HERE to see the videos/pics that build a compelling case against the former Manchester United youth player.

Now no one is demanding Ryan’s head on a stick but it is time for a reality check. When Martin Taylor assaulted Eduardo a couple of years ago, it was claimed, laughably, that he also “was not that type of player”. I wouldn’t put Shawcross in the same category as the Birmingham thug, more so because you could see the young lad was distraught with what he had just done to Ramsey, but there is no getting away from it, he had still made the challenge.

There is no denying that there are teams out there who’s entire gameplan consists of knocking lumps out of opposition teams. This tactic, and Stoke City are by no means the worst exponents of this, is all well and good on a Sunday League level but should surely not be tolerated in the professional game where player’s livelihoods and futures are extinguished in a split second.

And its not just a tactic that will see Arsenal players maimed but perhaps the financial implications of remaining in the Premier League has meant that some teams, again Stoke City are not the usual culprits, will do just about anything to mount up the points. The number of serious injuries mounts up as do the cautions and sendings off. Arsene Wenger has been moaning about this very problem for years.

Ryan Shawcross isn’t in my opinion a dirty player, but he has put a fellow player in hospital and that is an inescapable fact and whilst some will comfort the Stoke City man and offer him words of support it should not be forgotten that he is in the position he is in because of his own actions whereas Aaron Ramsey through no fault of his own is left to pick up the pieces.

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