Bacary Sagna has called for players to protect players more by punishing those who commit dangerous fouls.
The Arsenal defender is angry that no punishment was inflicted upon Paul Scholes during the Gunners’ FA Cup clash with Manchester United and believes players who make dangerous tackles should receive their marching orders.
The Frenchman told The Telegraph: “We went to Manchester and Samir got his leg ripped off again. There’s nothing [done about it]. They always wait until there is a major incident to make a decision, and then it’s too late.”
Referring to Scholes’ tackle on Samir Nasri, Sagna said he was upset that the midfielder only received a caution: “He [Nasri] almost had his leg cut off. If he breaks his leg what shall we say? It’s too late. The problem is you can’t have a discussion with them [referees], you can’t have a debate.”
Gunners had Reina bid rejected.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has revealed that the Gunners made every conceivable attempt to sign Pepe Reina from Liverpool last summer.
Wilson, who made 234 appearances for Arsenal during his 11 year spell with the club, told talkSPORT that Arsene Wenger was determined to land the Spaniard and although he could not say how much the Frenchman had offered Liverpool for Reina, reports suggest the Gunners boss went as high as £20million: “Arsene tried like mad last summer to buy not only a goalkeeper, but what he considered the most consistent in this country. So he made a big bid for Pepe Reina.
“That didn’t come out because it’s not Arsene Wenger’s way of doing it – and not Arsenal’s way of doing it – but he did attempt to do that.”
RvP blasts Blues.
Robin van Persie has blasted Chelsea and Barcelona by stating both sides are as bad as each other when it comes to complaining to the referee, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has revealed.
The Arsenal striker admitted that the Blaugrana are a fantastic team but said they are frustrating to play against because they whine about every single incident on the park, no matter how insignificant it is.
“The Barcelona players tend to nag about everything that happens on the pitch. I was a bit disappointed with that. It’s something that the Chelsea players do in England.
“Barcelona are still a fantastic team, but they should really stop nagging and complaining that much. That’s becoming extremely annoying on the pitch.”
The Dutchman continued: “I have a lot of respect for Barcelona. Is it possible to match what Barcelona are doing? I rate Barcelona even higher than Spain’s national side. However, every team can be beaten. I never felt any less than the Barcelona players on the pitch.”