Posted on January 20, 2010 by ADMIN

Owen Coyle furious about Gallas tackle, and Wenger apologises!

Arsenal were 2-1 down to Bolton and on the defence when William Gallas scythed through Mark Davies and left him for dead on the floor, but the referee, Alan Wiley, waved play on and Cesc Fabregas finished off the counter attack by scoring the equaliser.

Owen Coyle was absolutely furious that neither the referee or the Arsenal team stopped the game so that Davies could receive treatment, and Coyle believes that this affected the result of the game.

“There’s no doubt it was a big turning point in the game.” he said. “It’s clearly a foul. It’s closer to a red card than anything else.

“The fact the referee’s not seen that, and the lad’s prostrate on the ground, and Arsenal being full of fair play as we keep hearing, carried on playing and score on the break.”

“It was a bad tackle. There’s no getting away from it.

“I could accept it if William Gallas had got a bit of the ball, but he’s touched absolutely none of it. Mark has played the ball forward and he’s caught him late. That’s rubbed salt into the wounds.”

Arsene Wenger (of course!) didn’t see the incident, but still felt it was only fair to apologise to Coyle afterwards.

He said: “I’m sorry if the tackle was not good. Really. There are two things I’ve heard just now. One, that he was not happy with the tackle. I’m sorry the tackle was not a good one, and I apologise.”

But that was the only bad point for Arsenal in a game where they showed fantastic class to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the game 4-2, and finally go TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

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9 thoughts on “Owen Coyle furious about Gallas tackle, and Wenger apologises!

  1. george

    well they dont like it when the boot is on the other foot(or Davis).so i suppose he wont want to borrow any of our youngsters then?

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  2. jeremy

    Davies has been the most notorious fellow, the cards he has received are testament to this, well he got what he had been dishing out and we remember only too well what happened when Denilson went down at ever ton, we almost paid dearly, and for sure if it was Bolton who were counter attacking, they despite being a goal up would not have stopped play…

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  3. krishthegunner

    you are right jeremy…we have suffered a lot like this before…I think it was a aston villa game last year at emirates….When one of our player was fouled in the aston villa box but referee left it to play and agbanlahor scoring on the counter attack….We have learnt to win ugly…

    Come on gunners….title is nearing us.. but dont be overconfident…we have a strong test ahead…

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  4. Peter Exeter

    still a bad tackle. No use justifying by saying what goes around comes around

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  5. Samuel

    Another bleeding hypocrite Owen Coyle shouting his big mouth off ,he got what he deserved by trying to intimidate Arsenal players all over the pitch ,not just last night but also at te Reebok on Sunday.Some of those tackles on Cesc were criminal yet the inept referee saw fit to ignore them .

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  6. gooner99

    screw you!!!!! when bolton kick us,it’s ok but “he”gets furious when we do it???? get a life……!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Adaminho

    it’s not nice when someone gets injured no excuse for the tackle, but it was only 5 seconds later we scored, rule is that ref decides to stop play how can owen coyle expect arshavin and fabrigas 40 yards away to know the guy is really hurt. the 1st game vs bolton showed we can get kicked all night and still do the job. also it’s good we have stoke nxt as clichy needs another game to get back into form b4 the big 4 matches

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