5 Nov 2008

Wenger says players out to hurt his team

5:53 am on 5 November 2008

Manager Arsene Wenger has accused some opposing players of being cowards and deliberately injuring his Arsenal side as he prepares his battered and bruised team for tomorrow's Champions League clash at home to Fenerbahce.

Arsenal have a long injury list and are definitely without striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defenders Emmanuel Eboue and William Gallas for the Group G clash at the Emirates that can seal their place in the last 16.

Winger Theo Walcott is also out after injuring his shoulder in the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Stoke City at the weekend.

Wenger says for him you need more courage to play football when you know that somebody is tackling you from behind without any intention to play the ball.

Asked if he felt opposing players were deliberately injuring his players, Wenger said: "Yes, of course.

Victory over Turkish visitors Fenerbahce will give Arsenal 10 points with two group matches remaining, usually a guarantee of progress to the knockout rounds, and Wenger is anxious to get the job done.