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.

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.

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.

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.

"We don't make a special fuss of anything, we just try to play football," said Wenger.

"I respect everybody in life, and I don't make any special issue of that.

"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."

Wenger maintained: "We do not focus on bad blood. We just focus on our game and try to play well.

"In fact, if you look at what happened - there was not a lot.

"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."

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.

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.

"We are where we are because we have shown a strong mental attitude and a good solidarity within our squad," said Wenger.

"Let's take care of that because that is very fragile and goes very quickly.

"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."

Arsenal cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 5-0 trashing of Porto on Tuesday night.

Wenger, though, warned against complacency.

"We have as well to be realistic, keep our feet on the ground," he said.

"In the Premier League every game is as dangerous - we have to make sure we prepare well for Hull."

Wenger, meanwhile, revealed he had been in touch with young midfielder Aaron Ramsey ahead of Tuesday's European tie.

The Wales international is set for a long rehabilitation after suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

Wenger understands it can be difficult for the 19-year-old to stay focused.

"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.

"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."

Arsenal 2/5, Draw 10/3, Hull 15/2  

Source: Team_Talk