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Birmingham boss McLeish questions Arsenal tackles in Saturday's loss

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has questioned a couple of challenges in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Brum were unlucky to go down to the Gunners after taking an early lead through Nikola Zigic but the home side hit back through a penalty converted by Samir Nasri and a goal straight after the re-start to Marouane Chamakh to grab maximum points.

McLeish was adamant that a few incidents could have been judged more harshly by referee Martin Atkinson and came to the defence of Martin Taylor who has been constantly criticised for his challenge on Eduardo a few years back.

"The tackle by Nasri is a sending-off for me. He's kneed the guy in the back. Is that not violent conduct? Nasri should have been sent off and (Emmanuel) Eboue made the scissor ¬challenge on (Liam) Ridgewell," he said.

"Jack Wilshere's was a deserved red card. He's not a dirty player but even the best can mistime tackles. Zigic is lucky. He could have had his leg ¬shattered similar to Eduardo.

"Taylor still gets vilified for that today. People are still going to interview Eduardo about "that tackle". It's scandalous. Will people be interviewing Jack Wilshere in a year about that tackle?

"I don't want to get into a war of words with Arsene (Wenger). I respect him. But it was a bad tackle and he should be drawing a line under the Taylor one."

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Andrew Slevison
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