Martin O'Neill has described Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's comment that Aston Villa play "a very long ball game" as an "appalling insult".
Wenger made his claims after seeing his side held to a goalless draw at Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League.
It was a severe dent to the Gunners' title hopes, particularly with Chelsea overcoming Birmingham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
O'Neill was clearly upset when told of Wenger's remarks and said: "If that is what he saw, well that is a ridiculous statement. He has made a few ridiculous statements in his time here (in England) and that is as good as any. That is an appalling insult.
"I thought we played splendidly in the game. Their `keeper made a great save from Gabby (Agbonlahor) early on and Ashley Young produced some incredible balls into the box that just needed a touch on them.
"Arsenal caused us problems and we had a bit of luck when they hit the post and crossbar but we did not deserve to lose in this game."