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Wenger: Credit To Them

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Reading after their excellent performance at Ashburton Grove on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals are one of the few teams who have had the balls to come to Ashburton Grove and try to play football. They were outplayed and beaten 2-1 but considering they were relegation candidates only 6 months ago they did incredibly well. In fact, I can think of only a couple of occasions when Reading have been outplayed this season, including Arsenal`s emphatic 4-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium.

Wenger praised Reading and their manager Steve Coppell before the game, he did the same after it.

'We played a good game and Reading as well - they were one of the few teams that came here and really tried to play,' Said Wenger in his post-match interview.

'They made the game interesting, but we could have killed the game before that.

'Credit to them, they were positive and were dangerous. Physically they were very strong and they played in a very intelligent way.

'It needed a very good performance to beat them.'

Wenger also took steps to cool his war with the FA while maintaining his determination to prove his point: 'You do not want to offend somebody and sometimes my language is not subtle enough to catch all the subtleties of the English language.

'I always try to be honest and say what I think.

'I have a lot to say about that, but I will save that for The FA and I will certainly try to hear what they say.'

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 3 2007

Time: 8:02PM

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There is this respect that Arsene has for reading and coppell. you could see that in the pre game interview as well. good on them, they play good, exciting football.
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03/03/2007 20:20:00

Indeed he does, a respect based on the brand of football they play. They don't go into games with the same mentality as teams like Bolton, Blackburn and other such thugish teams. Even when they are under dogs by a country mile they still try to play in the spirit of the game.
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03/03/2007 20:25:00

i think (and hope) Reading are in for a long premiership future. lets hope they dont suffer the dreaded 2nd season syndrome ala wigan / west ham. great spirit and good to watch.
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03/03/2007 20:36:00

great to see a team come to ashburton and play football!, very refreshing after some of the dross that sides have turned out previously against us, good on them, hope they go from strength to strength
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03/03/2007 20:53:00

I hope the way they play is rewarded with success and they manage to keep hold of their promising youngsters.
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03/03/2007 21:36:00

blah1 blah! blah! Don't we just love Mark Hughes?
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03/03/2007 22:14:00

Mark Hughes is a w^nker.
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03/03/2007 23:07:00

Well they were playing some good football in the second half and i respect them for that.
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04/03/2007 04:39:00

a lot of you have said how you respect the football we payed and the refreshing approach we brought to ashburton but your poll doesnt reflect that!!! i think its going to be back to normal coem tuesday - psv with a goal lead will enjoy clogging up the midfield and frustrating arsenal.. i hope arsenal are prepared because they are one of the teams better suited to european competition
the royalist
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05/03/2007 12:58:00


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