Home
Prediction League
Fixtures
Results
News
Features
Premier League
EPL Home
Latest
Clubs
Stadiums
Friends
Blogs
Football League
World Cup 2014
Europe
Euro Football Home
Latest
Russian Premier
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
La Liga
Football Italiano
International
International Home
Latest
World Cup 2010
Euro 2012 Stadiums
Euro 2012
Denmark 2011
AFCON 2013
Betting
About Us
Advertising
Write for us
Privacy
Recruitment
newswriter
Twitter
Contact Us
 
 

Arsenal manager Wenger defends Walcott over gesture


Bookmark and Share

By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 05 January 2014

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Theo Walcott after the forward made a gesture towards Tottenham supporters during his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over their North London rivals, BBC Sport.


Arsene Wenger


After Santi Cazorla had put Arsenal in front in the first half with a powerful strike, and Tomas Rosicky had made the game safe by capitalising on an error by Tottenham’s Danny Rose, Walcott suffered a knee injury and needed to be stretchered off the field.


In the aftermath of being helped on to the stretcher, Walcott responded to abuse by sections of the visiting support by smiling and gesturing the 2-0 scoreline towards them, leading to some Tottenham fans throwing missiles at the England international.



This incident comes just weeks after Walcott’s Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere was charged by the FA for aiming an offensive gesture at Manchester City supporters, but Wenger does not believe that Walcott will be similarly penalised, having studied footage of the encounter. He said: "I don't think he will be in trouble, he was not aggressive and he was smiling.


"The doctor said to me coins had been raining on his head and they had to protect him and that is maybe why he did that. People will look for every single incident. It is a reaction but he didn't offend anybody.


"My response to the suggestion that he could be in trouble is to say the FA will have seen the pictures on television. If they judge it as offensive what can I do?"


See what the expert tipsters are tipping on OLBG



Related Articles


» 

Sociedad reject £15M Spurs bid for Griezmann

» 

Fabregas - time was right to move

» 

Get your Premier League tickets with World Ticket Shop

» 

Remy undergoing Liverpool medical

» 

Arsene Wenger - no striker signings

» 

The rise and fall (and rise?) of Wayne Rooney's Everton relationship

» 

Arsenal must spend big to sign Carvalho

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

Name

Email Address *

Comments


Please enter code on left.


Terms & Conditions

* A valid email is required to submit a comment. Your email will not be displayed on this or any other website, nor will it be passed to any 3rd parties. For more information please see the terms and conditions.



1 Comments


By Ed on 05 January 2014 at 10:43


The missiles only came after the gesture. Look, there's no excuse for violence but there are usually reasons. Feeling any sympathy for Walcott having stuff thrown at him is like feeling sympathy for Adebayor when he celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans at Man City. At least that was heat of the moment. Walcott was fully aware of what he was doing and what reaction he was going to get. He should get charged and the Spurs fans who threw stuff should be punished. Both were in the wrong.


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

Premier League Football News


ArsenalAston VillaChelseaEvertonFulhamLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UtdNewcastle UtdNorwich City
ReadingQueens Park RangersSouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandSwansea CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWigan Athletic

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
  
 

 
 
 
 

Kick Football News