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Wenger: Show Some Respect

Arsene Wenger has demanded that Arsenal be treated with more respect after stats revealing that Arsenal have a higher yellow card to foul ratio than any other Premiership club.

Wenger`s latest outburst comes after Arsenal`s harsh treatment by the FA following the Carling Cup brawl.

The disturbance in the last couple of minutes of the cup final, started by Chelsea's Jon Obi Mikel has resulted in 3 Arsenal players serving a 3-match ban, 1 Chelsea player serving a 4 match ban and both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players.

Speaking ahead of Saturday`s Premiership match with Reading Wenger said: 'It is regrettable that it punished the club.

'The club deserves more respect than that, it is undeserved.

'We are guided to win, we love to be fair, but to be treated like we have in this case is not acceptable.

'We want to focus on our desire to play football. I have got many calls from people abroad who can't believe what happened.

'We commit the lowest fouls in the league but we are the most punished

'We are entitled to get the same treatment as everybody else.'

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 2 2007

Time: 5:02PM

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It's not the quantity of fouls its the dirtiness of them!
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02/03/2007 17:07:00

you mean like when robben or dogba dive all over the pitch Merlin ? arsenal are certainly not a dirty team, i can think of a few out there that are far more physical than us, and chelsea is deffo one of them ! fatty frank is a really dirty player and cries when he doesn't get things his own way, more so he is sly with it too, like looking to see if the ref is watching before he uses two feet.
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02/03/2007 17:13:00

the trick is to knock out 5 or 6 fouls early doors, then the ref will show a yellow to calm it down, then we can continue to foul all over the place at a steady rate without fear of more yellows instead what we do is try not to foul, so when we do its rare (as you can see from the stats) and the ref is suprised to see it, brandishing a yellow
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02/03/2007 17:17:00

If you can name me an Arsenal player that has done a worse foul than Essiens studs up lungle on Baptista then il accept that point! I dont think ive ever seen Wenger as angry as this before il be giving him a rousing rendition of 'theres only one Arsene Wenger' 2moro!
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02/03/2007 17:20:00

Yes clean ones like Pedersen's sly stamp on Eboue's ankle in the first three minutes of the game on wednesday. Of course the injury finally caused him to come off and senderos move to right back but hey thats good old english Football, Eboue should be grateful.
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02/03/2007 17:23:00

Merlin you really are an ars$hole. Did you see the Carling Cup? Your people, especially Diarra and Essien were pulling our players down left right and centre and going unpunished, I may add. Get your facts right or shut it!
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02/03/2007 17:23:00

The cheek of a chelski fan to come on here and say we're dirty. Hmmm lets think about that one. Robben and Drogba - up there with Ronaldo as the worst divers in the Prem now horseface has gone (though I will admit Drogba is improved on that). Then we have Essien - the perpetrator of some of the worst and most dangerous fouls in the Prem most recently with the Beast (and I han't remember him getting punished as much as he should for them). Makelele and Carvalho are two of the slyest most cynical players there are. Call it experience if you want, i'll call it filth. I know we've got Eboue and he is just as bad in the diving stakes but he gets lambasted by us Gooners. I think chelski fans cherish the dirt
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02/03/2007 17:30:00

Of course Emkay, Diarra. Forgot about him in the midst of everyone else. Seems he plays just as maureen likes it
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02/03/2007 17:31:00

Haha 'sky sports justice'. He seems so confident about the charges i have every faith hell succeed but will it be too late? what compensation would we receive?
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02/03/2007 17:36:00

There truly is only one Arsene Wenger, i have total admiration for the stand he is taking on this, its high time someone stood up and did something, it cannot go on like it has been doing.
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02/03/2007 17:36:00

Lets not forget merlin whos been top of the fair play league for a couple of seasons
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02/03/2007 17:39:00

Will there be a day when the FA comes out and says 'sorry, that was a wrong decision'? Never in my lifetime. Hopefully, Wenger's struggle against the liars in the house of football will benefit for other rip-offs that happen to other teams. Well done Mr. Wenger.
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02/03/2007 17:41:00

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02/03/2007 20:56:00

Merlin, explain why Everton have committed 162 more fouls than Arsenal but only have four more yellow cards? And what about Blackburn? Are you honestly saying you believe that Fabregas, Gilberto (dubbed 'softies' up until xmas lest we forget) commit worse tackles than Tugay, Savage and Gamst? So why do Blackburn have to commit exactly twice the amount of fouls Arsenal do before they receive a booking? They committed 29 fouls on wednesday and were booked for two. The problem is, becuase we are not a dirty team (remember the softies tag again), whenever we do commit a foul it is exacerbated in the eyes of the ref. Teams like B'burn and Bolton rely on fouling as part of their gameplan, so their indiscretions are treated more lightly.
Little Dutch
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02/03/2007 21:05:00

I've reliased this as well, this is injustice and arsne has really got a strong point here.
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02/03/2007 21:28:00

Drogba slapped Cesc and he was not charged you know why? Because SKY did not highlight the incident. What type of operation only charges people based on what the media tells them? If I can spot Drogba's slap then why hasnt this panel of fools? Trial by media is unacceptable when all it would have taken was for them to study the video and make up their own minds, dispicable.
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02/03/2007 23:13:00

Until referees are made accountable for the decisions they make during games this will continue to happen.
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03/03/2007 06:33:00

Again its not just the number of fouls its the type of fouls that get yellow cards. Whilst the ref should only get the card out for appropriate punishment, I would like to see that when games are reviewed, if you commit a persistent number of fouls which either only gain a free kick or no action at all, then a retrospective yellow card be applied. The number than is needed to achieve this is kept secret so players will be aware in the back of their minds that diving, shirt pulling, niggly fouls etc will get punished .. whether on the field or after.
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03/03/2007 10:04:00

Too sensible and idea for the FA im afraid SH!
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03/03/2007 12:32:00

Haha, and we are the ones paranoid.
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03/03/2007 12:35:00

That's a good idea SH. It would definantly make players think twice before they make niggling little digs. I remember Scholes kept grabbing someone's nipples during a match a while back, I think it was against Arsenal actually, and nothing was done about it. Imagine how many more cards would be dished out!
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03/03/2007 15:05:00


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