Arsenal boss Wenger insists Stoke captain Shawcross deserved red

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross deserved to see red after victory yesterday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross deserved to see red after victory yesterday.

Michael Owen aimed a punch at Mikel Arteta after reacting badly to a challenge from the Spaniard towards the end, which came after a strong Ryan Shawcross challenge on Laurent Koscielny.

The latter resulted in a booking for the Stoke captain, who was booed throughout due to the tackle that broke Aaron Ramsey's leg three years ago.

"It looked to me [like it should have been a red card] but I have to look at it again as I am maybe not completely objective when it comes to Ryan Shawcross," Wenger said.

"That is why I will be a bit cautious with my statement but I have not seen the Michael Owen incident."

As the former England striker was not booked by referee Chris Foy, he could now face retrospective action from the Football Association - something Stoke manager Tony Pulis was not keen to dwell on.

"I think Arteta's challenge was a poor challenge, but Michael should not do that," he said.

"That should be left to the referee and I think if you look at Glenn Whelan's challenge on Santi Cazorla, it is a really good challenge and plays the ball.

"But not only has Chris given a free-kick but he has also booked Glenn, which was disappointing.

"Arsenal are a great side with great players - they brought Cazorla and Podolski on. They are a fabulous team with fabulous players."

Pushed further on the Owen incident, Pulis added: "We'll see what they say. Obviously I am going to be biased as it is my football team.

"I have seen the challenge, I think it poor and should be a free-kick.

"If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, then they will deal with it."

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