Wenger livid at tackle | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 25, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 25, 2008

Wenger livid at tackle

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could not contain his anger at Birmingham's Martin Taylor after the defender's horror tackle left Eduardo fighting to save his career.
Eduardo underwent surgery in Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital on Saturday night for a double compound fracture of his left leg after Taylor's lunge cast a black cloud over the Premier League match which finished 2-2.
The Arsenal manager was so disgusted with the third minute tackle by the Birmingham central defender that he said: "The guy should never play again. This is the result of a very bad tackle that is not forgivable.
"People will always use the excuse that the guy is not a dirty player and that he did not mean it. It is like a guy who kills one time in his life. You still have a dead person. The injury is a very, very bad one.
"I don't want to talk about his future career. It does not look good at the moment. He is out for the season, but we are scared about what happens after that.
"I have seen worse tackles and sometimes in our game you get away with it, but just look at the tackle it is a joke.
"It is horrendous and you cannot tell me that he tried to play the ball first. It is not acceptable."
However, later Saturday, Wenger attempted to tone down his fury at Taylor.
"It was a highly emotional afternoon and we were all shocked by the injury to Eduardo," said Wenger, who expects the Croatian to miss this summer's European Championships.
"On reflection, I feel that my comments about Martin Taylor were excessive. I said what I did immediately after the game in the heat of the moment."

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