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O'Connor admits Stoke hurt by Arsenal's Wenger

Stoke City coach Mark O'Connor admits the club has been hurt by comments made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

"I wasn't surprised by what some managers have said in our support after what Arsene Wenger said, because they were only telling the truth," O'Connor said.

"I would have been disappointed if they had not supported us. It would have been easy for people to have jumped on the bandwagon, but they didn't.

"Mind you, if we go to Old Trafford and win on Saturday it will be interesting to see what Sir Alex says then!

"Whatever Arsene Wenger said, it only took a few seconds to score those goals after Rory Delap's throws, so Arsenal had the rest of the 90 minutes to do something about it.

"They were not able to. He (Wenger) was just covering up for their lack of ability on the day, even though they are a fantastic team.

"He was the only person here that day who made those comments, nobody else saw the game like that.

"It has gone now, although I felt it was disrespectful to our players, who gave a lot in that game.

"It is a shame, because it has left something of an atmosphere over us. I noticed the first thing that Steve Bruce was asked after the game at Wigan on Saturday was 'Are Stoke a dirty team?'

"People have kept it going and asked the question. People are being asked to give an answer about a game that they did not see. That is not right. It is laughable some of the things that have gone on since then."

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