Here is Arsenes' take on it. He seems to feel the commitment shown in the English game makes it more attractive. I included most of his quotes so as it couldn't be accused of misrepresentation. I agree with him and it is one of the main reasons I much prefer the English/British game. It gives us much more variety within the league. We have seen how Man City struggled against Stoke and the like, that I believe is because Mancini had never played against tactics such as that and struggled to find a way to beat them. I don't particularly like that style of play. But I'd much rather watch a team attempting even with its technical difficulties to break down play and make it hard for the other team.
“I can understand people want to be committed against us, and I have no problem with that.
“I love the commitment of the English game. I don't want to change that and it makes the game even more attractive, but high commitment demands fair intention as well.”
Wenger added: “I admire a great technical tackle as much as a creative pass.
“A tackle is an art in itself - that means you always have your eye on the ball, never with a high foot, in your tackle you can already make a pass.
“To close your eyes and go in too physical, that does not mean it is intention, but there is danger.
“Tackling is an art you do not want to get out of the game.
“We have some good tacklers in this league, some who are not good - but that does not mean you go into it trying to break a leg.
“It is not Arsenal against the rest of the world. What I say here is valid for the Arsenal players as well.
“What I say it not just for Stoke or Arsenal players, it is for everybody. I defend football.”
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