‘More aggressive than Tottenham’ Wenger gives verdict on Stoke boo-boys

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 January 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (John Walton/PA Wire)


Arsene Wenger says Stoke fans have booed him ever since Aaron Ramsey broke his leg at the Brittania Stadium in 2010.

Welsh midfielder Ramsey suffered the fractured tibia and fibula at the age of 19 when he was on the receiving end of a robust talke from Ryan Shawcross.

Wenger branded the challenge “unacceptable” after the game and there has been an intense rivalry between the two clubs ever since.

Wenger, Ramsey and the rest of the Arsenal players are booed whenever they visit the Britannia and more of the same is expected this weekend when they meet in the Premier League clash on Sunday.

In his pre-match meeting with reporters Wenger was asked whether he felt his criticism of Stoke as a “rugby team” sparked the rivalry between the clubs and whether Stoke fans are the most aggressive towards him in the league.

“Yes”, Wenger said with a laugh.

“I do not mind too much but the major incident was not that comment, it was Ramsey. That’s where it started.

“I do not know why they boo me, you should ask them. I don’t bully them!

“I think it is maybe more aggressive than at Tottenham but do you want me to stay at home on Sunday?

“All that is only detail. What matters is what is happening on the pitch and how well we play.

“The rest is just part of the product.”

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