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Why Jack, Arsene & Arsenal Are No Hypocrites

Why Jack, Arsene & Arsenal Are No Hypocrites

Much has been made of Jack Wilshere's horrible challenge on Birmingham's Nikola Zigic, especially when you consider Arsene's recent crusade against horror challenges in the Premier League following a spate of reckless tackles at the start of this season.

Cries of 'hypocrite!!' can be heard all over the shop (particularly a bunch of buffoons sat on the Goals on Sunday couch yesterday), wagging fingers at Arsene Wenger telling him to practise what he preaches.

They are, of course, all missing the point.

Arsene Wenger accepts that the majority of these reckless tackles are completely devoid of intent, most are mistimed and un-malicious (His comments about Martin Taylor were immediately retracted and apologised for, get that into your head McLeish!), what Wenger is campaigning for is for justice for bad fouls, and justice was had on Saturday.

Both player and manager accepted and apologised for what should, and was consider a 'disgraceful tackle' that has no place in football, there was no bleating about how he's a nice boy who loves his mummy and doesn't have a nasty bone in his body, just complete acceptance for a massive lack of judgement.

And here-in lies the difference between Arsenal and the rest of the Clogging Sunday Leaguers, we accept that fouls and leg breaking tackles can be made, and that certain playing styles will lead to greater possibilities of horror challenges, and we will try to learn from our mistakes.

Jack Wilshere said of his foul, "I just want to say that I mistimed the challenge on Zigic and accept that I deserved to be sent off,"

"I have no complaints about getting the red card and I will learn from this. I`m missing three matches now which I`m really disappointed about, but I just want to say that I deserved the red card."

Now compare that with the comments of Richard Shawcross after his recklessness unfortunately saw Aaron Ramsey's leg almost detached at the ankle.

'It was an accident and these things happen. I'm not going to change the way I play, If I play on Saturday I will play my normal game as I always have done.'

Can you spot the difference?

Two bad challenges, the only difference between the two is that one tackle was fortunate enough not to see a broken leg at the end of it.

Because Jack's challenge could quite easily have ended with the same result.

Yet only one player holds himself accountable for his actions and vows to learn from his mistakes, yet it's astonishing to me that that player isn't the one who's forced a fellow professional to the treatment table for a large chunk of his career.

And this, is what sets Arsene and Arsenal aside from the rest, we understand that accident's don't just happen, they occur because players act irrationally and erratically at times, it happens to the best of them, but those people who recognise their mistakes and learn from them are a cut above the players who refuse to accept responsibilities for the way they play and will continue to put other players at risk because they think sh*t just happens.

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Date:Monday October 18 2010
Time: 12:40PM


Then don't villify everybody who fouls your players, as your manager has consistently done, alluding to some dark forces at work. Bo//ocks. And I didn't hear M. Vinegar castigate Eboue for his scissor tackle, which 'puts another player's career under threat' according to one M. Vinegar.
18/10/2010 13:00:00
And there goes the point ...... flying straight over your head. Wenger has never villifed anyone for making a bad tackle (as I say, the Taylor comment was in the heat of the moment and apologised for) he said Shawcross' tackle was unacceptable, he never question motive or intention, just that the tackle was a very bad one, and if you think he's wrong, then frankly you shouldn't be watching football. People always, always, follow what the media is saying happened or what people have said rather than reading and listening for themselves the actual words that were spoken. Lazy opinions offered by lazy people too preoccupied to bother find out what actually happened.
18/10/2010 13:03:00
And why should he comment on Eboue's tackle? It was a perfect challenge. Not a scissor tackle at all. Just a he got the ball and then took the man ..... that's ok for everyone else to do ... why not us?
18/10/2010 13:04:00
Thanks for the perfect example Rubberjohnny.
18/10/2010 13:06:00
Both Wenger and Jack apologised! I don't see any other manager's apologise at all. Bad tackle simple as.
e dubbz
18/10/2010 13:12:00
Delusion and paranoia. Get the haloperidol.
18/10/2010 13:12:00
Delusion and Paranoia i.e when you have the feeling the whole of the country see's you as some kind of wheeler dealer.
18/10/2010 13:17:00
It was a bad tackle and you're right it could have been a lot worse,but fair play for him and your Manager they could have sugar coated it,but didnt and just said it as it was. Shawcross was an absolute disgrace after he broke Ramseys leg,he is in my opinion a dirty player and Mcleish talk about Pot kettle black...a bunch of hatchett men he has.
18/10/2010 13:20:00
You're giving too much away lj - far too familiar with your own medication there - not that it's preventing you from being deluded and paranoid. The thing that strikes me about Wilshere's tackle is that it was very similar to the tackle that Davies made for a ball that Gallas was castigated for in a cup game against Bolton. Davies was off his feet lunging at a ball that Gallas, on his feet, had as much chance of getting as Davies. On that occassion is was the person lunging at the ball who came off worse. They can go either way but Davies didn't take any stick at all for making the same challenge that Wilshere did. The tackling debate is really quite simple. Refs just have to apply the level of tolerance in all games that they applied to us at the weekend.
18/10/2010 13:21:00
good article- and very true in what you are saying. bad tackles will happen, its part of the game, as long as they are acted on appropriatly (as wiltshires was). no complaints from wenger or JW. fair play to both of them. its when the likes of de jong brake a leg and do not get punished that it becomes an issue
18/10/2010 13:30:00
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