Shawcross tipped for Hills Have Eyes remake

The world and his wife gush forth in this morning’s papers with their views on dullard Ryan Shawcross’s unforgiveable tackle that broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg in two places.
And it seems Arsene Wenger’s post-match comments — aimed at the Stoke thug and the general acceptance that it is fair game to kick shit out of the Arsenal to destroy the way we play the game — has riled the various big name columnists on the tabloids.
Rather than delving into why Shawcross — tipped for a part in the forthcoming remake of The Hills Have Eyes — and other similar yobs feel it is necessary to go round sticking the boot in where it hurts, the majority of the red tops’ star names choose to dissect AW’s remarks.
The Daily Mirror’s resident screwball Stan Collymore has his say and guess what? The bitter Villa fan, who seemingly can’t accept that his no-mark Midlands club will never match the Arsenal in any way, says: “If Wenger, or any Arsenal fans, think there is a connection between Abou Diaby, Eduardo and now Ramsey all getting seriously injured, they are deluded. And I think Wenger was completely out of order with his post-match comments about Shawcross.
“Despite the belief that Wenger is the professor, he has a real bitter and nasty streak. It is blatantly obvious the Frenchman  wants to buck the trend and traditions of English football. But if he doesn’t like English working conditions, whereby players are physical and try to win the ball, then maybe he should disappear to La Liga or Serie A.”
How touching, Stan — now please do hurry off to your next sordid appointment at a moonlit car park.
The Sun’s bigwig Steve Howard sees it like this: Sure, we all feel for Wenger. But there was something in his demeanour on Saturday – an in-built anger stemming from his misplaced belief the world is against him and his club – that did him no favours.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp says ‘Arsenal have been unlucky with three leg breaks in five years, but only the tackle by Sunderland’s Dan Smith on Abou Diaby can be classified as x-rated. Martin Taylor’s red-card challenge on Eduardo and the Ryan Shawcross tackle on Aaron Ramsey were not malicious. I wish Ramsey well. He’s special, I love watching him play.
Alan Hansen, taking the shilling from the Telegraph, writes: “No matter how angry Wenger feels about Ryan Shawcross’s challenge on Ramsey, he is wrong to claim that Arsenal are subjected to tougher and more cynical treatment from opponents than anybody else.
“Wenger might regard Ramsey’s injury as vindication of his belief that Arsenal players are targeted for rough treatment. But the truth of the matter is that all teams who come up against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool know they must get their foot in early if they are to have any chance of getting a result.
“When players are told to ‘get their foot in,’ it isn’t an invitation for them to break a guy’s leg, however. I cannot think of any occasion during my time in the game when a player has gone out to intentionally injure an opponent.”
Martin Samuel’s take in the Mail: It was a familiar speech. ‘There is no way that was a malicious challenge,’ said David Kemp, assistant manager of Stoke City. ‘Ryan isn’t that sort of player. It was probably a new experience for him to get frustrated, that’s why he chased down the ball and made that tackle.
‘There was no malicious intent. It was a genuine attempt. We’ve seen far worse challenges go unpunished. It was just one of those football injuries, one of those incidents that frequently happen in the game. Before long Ryan might be on the end of one himself.’
Over time, only the names change. The quickest of wit will have spotted that Kemp is now Stoke’s chief scout, not assistant to Tony Pulis. His observation was not from Saturday, when Shawcross broke the leg of Aaron Ramsey, but from 2007 when he broke the leg of Francis Jeffers of Sheffield Wednesday with a tackle from behind. Maybe Arsene Wenger is correct not to believe in coincidence.
Still in the Mail and Graham Poll says: Arsene Wenger was understandably incensed at the Ryan Shawcross challenge which left Aaron Ramsey with a broken leg and his team-mates visibly distressed.
There are very few genuine accidents in football. I accept that Shawcross did not intend any harm but his tackle was no accident. Those who argue that football is a ‘man’s game’ and referees are trying to make it a non-contact sport should look at Saturday’s incident.
And, finally, a bit of balance from Henry Norris writing in the Bugle: “The sooner thugs like Stoke and their gobby manager, brain dead fans, pathetic ground, officious stewards, awful pies and ghetto of a town leave football to those who can play it and are relegated the better.”

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