Gary Megson tells Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to stop whingeing

09 January 2009 01:48
When the sides last met, Wenger accused striker Kevin Davies of violent conduct after he put Gael Clichy in hospital - a challenge for which he was only shown a yellow.

Wenger's fury stemmed not only from the fact his player was injured, but also that in their final meeting of the 2007/08 season Abou Diaby had been shown a red for a challenge which the Frenchman insists was not as aggressive.

Under no illusions that there is no love lost between the two sides, Megson said: "Whenever we play Arsenal, it always seems to be overshadowed by an incident, which is usually a tackle.

"We didn't make anywhere near the fuss that would have been made by others when Abou Diaby was sent off for the tackle on Gretar Steinsson. It was shocking but we just accepted it.

"There was a complete furore over it. Yes, it was a firm challenge but he has momentum and has caught Clichy. We were all worried at the time because people were suggesting that Clichy might have a suspected fracture. It was nowhere near that. I think he trained on the Tuesday.

"I can't speak about before I was here but our last two games with Arsenal have been really good. It's not bad being viewed as having problems when you are fifth top and in the Champions League. I wish we had their problems'

Defending his side's style of play, Megson added: "My players call it "in yer face" football and, yes, we try to get in everybody's face, but always in a fair manner.

"Kevin Davies is the most fouled player in the Premier League and there are a few in the top four with worse disciplinary records."

Source: Telegraph