Gunners boss holds no Hull grudge

11 March 2010 03:23
There has certainly been little love lost between the two sides, who are battling for points at opposite end of the Premier League table.[LNB]Both clubs were fined by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the match at the Emirates just before Christmas, when there was a melee after Gunners midfielder Samir Nasri appeared to tread on Richard Garcia's foot.[LNB]Last season, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas - who is unlikely to play at the KC Stadium this weekend because of a hamstring problem - was eventually cleared following an independent inquiry after allegations he spat at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton in the tunnel following their FA Cup quarter-final tie.[LNB]Wenger, however, maintains he is not one to hold a grudge, and has no issue with Tigers boss Phil Brown - who had hit out at the Frenchman for refusing to shake his hand after that game.[LNB]"We don't make a special fuss of anything, we just try to play football," said Wenger.[LNB]"I respect everybody in life, and I don't make any special issue of that.[LNB]"We have to focus on what is the most important, which is that the people who pay to come to watch a football game get something for their money. That is what we always try to do."[LNB]Wenger maintained: "We do not focus on bad blood. We just focus on our game and try to play well.[LNB]"In fact, if you look at what happened - there was not a lot.[LNB]"Nobody has been injured, there was a little brawl at some stage where we got punished, them as well, but the game was not dirty."[LNB]Since successive defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea, the Gunners have put together a run of four successive league victories to haul themselves right back into the title race.[LNB]There is, though, little margin for further error over the final nine games left of the campaign, with just two points separating the top three sides.[LNB]"We are where we are because we have shown a strong mental attitude and a good solidarity within our squad," said Wenger.[LNB]"Let's take care of that because that is very fragile and goes very quickly.[LNB]"For me that is the most important thing, that we work hard, keep our humility, work hard for each other and then we have a chance."[LNB]Arsenal cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 5-0 trashing of Porto on Tuesday night.[LNB]Wenger, though, warned against complacency.[LNB]"We have as well to be realistic, keep our feet on the ground," he said.[LNB]"In the Premier League every game is as dangerous - we have to make sure we prepare well for Hull."[LNB]Wenger, meanwhile, revealed he had been in touch with young midfielder Aaron Ramsey ahead of Tuesday's European tie.[LNB]The Wales international is set for a long rehabilitation after suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.[LNB]Wenger understands it can be difficult for the 19-year-old to stay focused.[LNB]"When you are flying on the pitch and then suddenly you are lying on the bed, you can only be bored," said the Arsenal manager.[LNB]"Aaron is confident that he will come back. He is determined, but at the moment it is a problem of patience, and when you are 19 years old, patience is not your first quality."[LNB][LNB] Arsenal 2/5, Draw 10/3, Hull 15/2  

Source: Team_Talk