Wenger - Don't blame managers
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes players should take responsibility for their tackles.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 15/10/10 6:17pm
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes players should take responsibility for their tackles following Danny Murphy's claims regarding dangerous challenges.
Fulham midfielder Murphy made headlines during the international break when he highlighted Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves as teams who may look to stifle the opposition.
Murphy claimed the coaches of the aforementioned clubs were 'sending out their players so pumped up there is inevitably going to be problems'.
His comments have sparked an intense debate on the subject and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has called on the Cottagers captain to publicly apologise for his statements.
Arsenal boss Wenger thinks individual players are to blame for causing injuries through bad tackles, and wants the culprits to accept responsibility.
"I am a strong believer you are responsible for what you say and what you do," he said.
"When I make a mistake, I do not look at anybody else, to say 'it is his fault'. It is my fault and if I behave wrongly, it is my fault, it is not somebody else's.
"If a player does bad tackling, it is too easy to hide behind the manager's instruction because you are responsible for how you behave.
"I do not want to add anything to what I have said many times - I like commitment and physical games, but it has to be in a fair way because it can only work if everybody goes into it in a fair way."
The Gunners coach earlier in the season claimed Stoke had reduced the game to rugby following their physical approach against Tottenham.
And the Frenchman admits that managers have to take some responsibility for the action of their players.
"I believe Murphy said we as managers have a responsibility regarding the behaviour of our team, and I agree, I do not deny it," he added.
"I am not in the other dressing room, so I do not know (what goes on). I never ask any player if he has been wound up by his manager.
"I always say the same thing - the referees have the rules for them and (have) to get the game respected, the players have to respect each other, no matter what they are instructed to do."