Sam Allardyce has gone a step further to show that he is a complete moron and there is no one better at this than him. This is what he said:
“Arsene has most of the media in his pocket now and is almost – almost – affecting the officials so that you can’t tackle an Arsenal player. That’s something he’s very clever at working on and it’s almost working in his favour, you can see that. Read his interview before the Stoke City v Aston Villa match, what he said and how he said it – he’s a very, very clever man in terms of influencing referees, officials and everybody in football. He can’t be brought up for it because it’s about another match – rather just before he plays us. There is a perception that we kick everybody and Arsenal’s motivation is that you can’t tackle us as you aren’t supposed to. In terms of saying people are trying to injure players he’s trying to influence, through the media, the referees and that’s something they shouldn’t get sucked in to. He’s deflecting attention from the situation which says the game of football is a contact sport. You have to try to win the ball at all costs and if someone doesn’t get it quite right people get injured. It was much more apparent in my day when people use to go out to try to hurt an opponent every week, but today it very rarely happens. I completely deny that my team deliberately injures players, certainly not. In the Premier League the commitment and speed unfortunately brings players together at such pace that it’s almost impossible to avoid injuries.”
If I believe what he says that Arsene has the officials in his pocket and that you can’t tackle Arsenal players then it should be evident in the matches. As far as I know it hasn’t happened and we are seeing the dangerous tackles as ever. Arsene has never said there should be no tackles. In fact he always says that he loves the English game and a good tackle is rather a goal scored. The point is that there is a thin line between a good tackle and a dangerous tackle. And if you are not good at tackling you certainly are going to injure the opponent player. And no one is implying that players deliberately injure other players. It’s just the manner in which the tackle is made and where it is made. For example take the Gary Cahill tackle on Chamakh from behind last Saturday; being neutral would he have got the ball in any case? It was from behind and with two feet and in no way he would have touched the ball. So what is it then? Should tackles like these be allowed? Is that commitment to the game? I am not saying that his purpose was to injure Chamakh. He has every right to go for a tackle but at least just consider the probability of getting the ball. Similarly the Paul Robinsons tackle on Diaby; was it justified? You can argue that he got the bit of the ball but look at where his foot is. It goes over the ball and hits Diaby high up on the leg. He could have gone with his foot on the ground and that would have been a fair tackle. For me the tackle was rash and as it went unpunished, he is going to do this again.
The thing I regret is that people like Sam just cannot comprehend the difference between a rash tackle and a fair tackle. And look at the arguments they give, ‘Arsenal players used to be hard tacklers and blah blah’. So they are implying that it’s correct because Arsenal used to have hard tacklers. Dude if you so much as look up to Arsenal in doing things than why don’t you play the style of football Arsenal plays. Why follow one thing that is bad and not the thing that’s good for football. It’s just hypocritic of them and they just want to justify their actions by overlooking the truth.
Also blaming the injuries on the fast pace of the English game is wrong. It’s just that the players don’t know how to tackle the correct way and when to tackle. What do you expect from a player when his coach says that win the ball at all cost? He is going to go into a challenge even if he knows he is not going to get the ball – because if he misses he is going to get the player, and in his own words injure the player, and the game will have to be stopped. It is this practice that needs to be stopped. If you are in no position to get the ball then leave it and let others handle it. And it is possible to avoid injuries in the English game if a player knows what he is doing and what the outcome of his action will be.
As for the interview, if a person is asked about his view on a certain match, he will give his views and the way Arsene saw it he said it. That was his opinion and yes he cannot be brought up for it.
I also hate that Wenger’s comments are always misinterpreted by the media. Sam says that Wenger influences the refs. Maybe he should take a look in the mirror himself and then point out. If you look at what Wenger says, you will not find any single entity that he targets. He just speaks about respecting the rules and laws of the game in general and the responsibility of FA that the rules of the game are adhered to. As for Sam, he is openly accusing Wenger of influencing the referees.
The fact is that such tackles will continue. FA needs to take action to change the perception or else technically gifted players will always find other places to play.