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Arsenal boss Wenger blasts English media: You want controversy more than protecting players

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he's no whinger over the bad tackles his players have copped.

A tackle from Bolton's Paul Robinson last Saturday means Arsenal will be without Abou Diaby against Portuguese side FC Braga this evening and for the league trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

"I don't know if my views are taken seriously," he said.

"The only thing I regret if I speak about it - it is only controversial and it is, 'Wenger, Wenger, Wenger, Wenger, Wenger, Wenger, Wenger'.

"If I read, "Wenger cries because his players are injured", why should I talk about it? People say, 'OK, it's his team and he wants to protect his players and there is an interest there'. No, I speak about football.

"When you love football, you can defend the players who go in a fair way. You cannot agree with the players who don't play in a fair way.

"The (Robinson) tackle was very bad. I love the English game, but people are more interested in controversy than protecting the players."

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