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Mark Hughes disappointed by Arsene Wenger's behaviour

Man City boss Mark Hughes (left) and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger
Hughes (left) and Wenger argued on the touchline at Eastlands

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has accused Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger of "not knowing how to behave" after their Carling Cup quarter-final.

City beat a youthful Gunners side 3-0 at Eastlands and Wenger did not shake hands with Hughes at the final whistle.

"Maybe he's used to winning games and when he does lose sometimes he doesn't know how to behave," said Hughes.

But Wenger replied: "I think I have nothing to say. I am free to shake hands with whom I want after the game."

Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Vladimir Weiss scored the second-half goals against a youthful Arsenal side which saw City ease into the semi-finals - their first time in the last four of a domestic cup competition since 1981 - where they will play local rivals Manchester United.

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The two managers were at loggerheads on the touchline during the game, with the Arsenal boss complaining to the fourth official that Hughes had left his technical area.

"At one point I was over on his side of the technical area and he seemed to be a bit aggrieved by that," added Hughes.

"But I think he is probably more aggrieved because he got beaten. I have been to the Emirates Stadium and been beaten 6-2 but I still offered my hand at the end. It is the least you can do.

"I am a little bit disappointed in that respect. You should be a bit more gracious than that because it is unnecessary. We all hurt when we get beaten, but you should always offer your hand."

When it was suggested to Wenger in the post-match news conference that a handshake was 'professional courtesy', the 60-year-old replied sarcastically: "I have no professional courtesy."

But the Frenchman said he would continue to use the Carling Cup to blood the club's youngsters, even though they have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

"I do not consider that if you win the Carling Cup you will be going on a trophy parade," said Wenger. "It is a competition for our younger players. If I don't play them here, where would I play them?

"We played in the quarter-final of the Champions League last season against top teams. Playing in those matches is 10 times harder than playing in the Carling Cup."

Hughes, meanwhile, is already looking forward to a two-legged Manchester derby against United in the semi-finals in January.

"It is a fantastic draw," said Hughes, a League Cup winner with United during his playing career.

"I'm sure the whole of Manchester will be looking forward to it and the wider worldwide footballing public as well.

"We'd have fancied our chances against anyone in the draw, so bring them on."

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez said he was relishing the prospect of facing his former club with a trip to Wembley at stake.

"It is a Clasico, and it is a special game for me of course," the Argentine told City's website.

"The Manchester City fans want us to win and the important thing is we will be ready for them."

Highlights of Manchester City v Arsenal will appear on the BBC Sport website from 2200 GMT on Thursday (UK users only).



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