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Jez Moxey says Arsene Wenger talks nonsense on tackling

Jez Moxey
Moxey has been chief executive at Molineux since 2000

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been accused by Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey of talking "nonsense" about the issue of tough tackling.

Moxey said Wenger moans that hard challenges are unfair on his team yet defended Jack Wilshere over his recent sending off for a reckless tackle.

"It is an absolute nonsense. Well, I hope he hears this: 'keep your mouth shut'," Moxey told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Play the game, play aggressive, let everybody play."

He added: "Wilshere and your [Wenger's] other players are going to make similar challenges."

Moxey, whose club have been criticised by some for having an over-physical approach, continued: "I had a big, wry smile listening to Arsene Wenger trying to defend Jack Wilshere for the challenge.

"All he said was exactly the same as every other manager has and yet he is one of the managers who goes on the front foot, moaning and complaining and bitching about it because it is unfair on his team."

Wilshere was shown a straight red card near the end of the Gunners' 2-1 win against Birmingham on 16 October when his studs were showing in his challenge on Blues striker Nikola Zigic.


Serbian Zigic was not badly hurt and Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said the forward was lucky to not suffer serious damage to his leg.

Wenger stated afterwards that 18-year-old Wilshere deserved to be sent off but added: "He didn't want to harm the player but he caught him and it's difficult to complain after as he touched the ankle of the player.

"Jack has acknowledged he deserved it, but he did not spend his whole game trying to kick people, he was one of the best players on the pitch."

Moxey, who speaking ahead of Wolves' Carling Cup tie at Manchester United on Tuesday, has had his team come under attack following tough tackles by his captain Karl Henry.

Henry was fined two weeks' wages by the club after a wild lunge at Wigan's Jordi Gomez on 2 October and broke the leg of Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in a challenge three weeks earlier.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy later accused managers of "sending out their players so pumped up there are inevitably going to be problems" following a series of hard challenges in the Premier League this season.

However, the managers of Wolves (Mick McCarthy), Stoke (Tony Pulis) and Blackburn (Sam Allardyce) - along with the League Managers' Association fiercely rejected Murphy's comments.

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Allardyce points finger at Wenger
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