Shawcross hits back at Wenger jibes

06 September 2010 12:06
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has hit out at claims by Arsene Wenger that he and Potters team-mate Robert Huth are guilty of deliberate fouls.[LNB] Wenger accused the 22-year-old centre-half and team-mate Huth of continuously fouling Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes during last month's Premier League clash, saying they were acting more like rugby players than footballers.[LNB]Stoke have complained to the league about Wenger's comments, as it is not the first time the Arsenal boss has aimed criticism at Shawcross.[LNB]Earlier in the year Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey received a horror leg break at The Britannia after going in for a tackle with Shawcross, and Wenger was furious with the challenge in the aftermath of the game.[LNB]However, Shawcross is certain he did not foul Gomes against Spurs and believes the French coach is pursuing a personal vendetta.[LNB]He told The Sentinel: "I don't mind people having their opinions, but if it's not a game involving his players then I don't see the point of bringing up me and Huthy.[LNB]"I've watched the video again and at no point did I go anywhere near Gomes.[LNB]"I didn't think I had, but I didn't want to say I hadn't touched him before looking at the whole video to make sure."[LNB]Shawcross added: "He's obviously got something against me. It's just weird. He brings my name into it.[LNB]"He always seems to have a problem with Stoke, our manager and certain players.[LNB]"Criticism doesn't bother me, unless it's a false accusation like this one.[LNB]"It's just disappointing he came out and said something that wasn't needed.[LNB]"He could have said there was a problem week-in, week-out in the Premier League, but he shouldn't have named individuals."[LNB]Stoke have yet to pick up a point in the league this season and Tony Pulis' men will look to rectify that when they take on Aston Villa next Monday.

Source: Team_Talk