Everton manager David Moyes has accused Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger of being disrespectful following the Frenchman’s comments about Everton’s approach to the recent match between the two sides, reports Sky
Wenger had claimed that the Toffees were over-physical during the game at the Emirates, which ended 0-0, hitting out at the Blues’ treatment of his players.
Moyes, meanwhile, believes that his side were well within their rights to take a physical approach to the game, insisting his players were nothing more than competitive.
He said: “I’m not here to make friends with other managers. My job is to win games for Everton.
“I thought that was the case [Wenger was disrespectful]. I thought we passed the ball around well. We weren’t going to let Arsenal come and dominate the game. We were going to stop them from doing that.
“No one said you can’t be competitive and I thought we played well. We restricted their passing and didn’t let them into their flow as much.”
According to BBC Sport, however, Wenger has since insisted that he welcomes the physical aspect of the English game, going so far as to call it “an attraction of English football”, before stating that his own side have to toughen up.
He said: “It was worse 15 years ago, back then no-one would have spoken about the Carroll challenge, now everything is analysed on television.
“With players like Cesc Fabregas, at 17 years of age, we were a bit more vulnerable at Stoke in the past than we are today. We were much younger and vulnerable.
“I have seen so many French players complain about the physicality when they arrived in England. I tell them it will take some time, but the intensity of the game will make them better players.”
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