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Arsene Wenger gets on Magpie Nolan's back

Arsene Wenger gets on Magpie Nolan's back

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for punishing players who go into hard tackles, and has specifically pinpointed Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan as being a player lucky to escape punishment.

Nolan's tackle on Everton's Victor Anichebe, which ended the latter's season, was described as 'horrendous' by Wenger, who said that anybody making such tackles on the street would go to jail.

'I have seen some horrible tackles this season and I don't think the punishment is sufficient. Kevin Nolan's tackle on Victor Anichebe the other week was horrendous.

'They [FA] could create a special committee to analyse if a three-game suspension is enough or not,' the Frenchman fumed.

'I feel that 10 matches is not enough for some of the tackles we have seen.'

'If you tackle a player, anybody in the street like that, you go to jail,' he said.

Everton boss David Moyes gave Wenger's suggestion support as he said: "Certain things need to be looked closer at. I have not been happy for a while with some of the FA decisions and the people making those decisions.

"Maybe a panel is needed, or a group of people, who can look at certain things. Certainly we want to wipe out bad challenges like the one that has ended Victor Anichebe's season. We should be looking into such serious challenges, it did a lot of damage."

I'm sure everyone at Newcastle United deeply regretted the tackle. It was a terrible mistake, and the club paid the price by losing one of our best midfielders at a critical stage. David Moyes' frustration is also understandable, but, Wenger's surprise attack was pretty much an ambush.

Arsene, a nice jibe at our midfielder who got a straight red, and was banned for three very important matches that could make or break our season. He apologised to Anichebe in the tunnel, and was genuinely repentant of the seriousness of the tackle, but it's not enough for you, is it?

Is it a coincidence that Arsenal are facing Newcastle United in the coming weeks, and Kevin Nolan will be in the squad? Probably not. But your attempt to slam our man under the guise of good conscience gave every Geordie something to wonder about you.

Way to go - singling out one player during a season which has seen its share of terrible tackles and red cards. Great professionalism from Arsene Wenger. Indeed.



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Writer:Mehzeb Chowdhury
Date:Friday March 6 2009
Time: 4:16PM

Comments

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Straight after the tackle he was gesturing for Anichebe to get up, it was only after he was evidently told to apologise that he did. We lost 2 key players for the season after playing against your 'tactics'.
EvertonMike
06/03/2009 16:43:00
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Straight after the tackle he was gesturing for Anichebe to get up, it was only after he was evidently told to apologise that he did. We lost 2 key players for the season after playing against your 'tactics'.
EvertonMike
06/03/2009 16:43:00
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Yeah, poor Kevin Nolan. Poor Danny Guthrie. Poor Joey Barton.
Little Dutch
06/03/2009 16:50:00
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Yeah, poor Kevin Nolan. Poor Danny Guthrie. Poor Joey Barton.
Little Dutch
06/03/2009 16:50:00
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you're missing the point .. you say your team'paid the price by losing one of your important players for 3 games' Everton have lost an important player for the rest of the season ! how is that 'payingthe price'. apologising after fact, while commendable, doesnt change the fact that is was an horrendous tackle by anyones standards. im sure you agree with the principle of wengers comments... try taking off your black and white hat when commenting on them.
IrishGoon
06/03/2009 17:04:00
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you're missing the point .. you say your team'paid the price by losing one of your important players for 3 games' Everton have lost an important player for the rest of the season ! how is that 'payingthe price'. apologising after fact, while commendable, doesnt change the fact that is was an horrendous tackle by anyones standards. im sure you agree with the principle of wengers comments... try taking off your black and white hat when commenting on them.
IrishGoon
06/03/2009 17:04:00
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Nolan is a very dirty player, deserves to be in the same midfield as Joey Barton, and certinly deserved a larger ban than he received for the horror tackle on Anichebe. Disgraceful behaviour from a so-called "professional".
fifthcolumnblue
08/03/2009 22:19:00
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Nolan is a very dirty player, deserves to be in the same midfield as Joey Barton, and certinly deserved a larger ban than he received for the horror tackle on Anichebe. Disgraceful behaviour from a so-called "professional".
fifthcolumnblue
08/03/2009 22:19:00
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