Nelsen replies to Gunners jibes
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ryan Nelsen has accused Arsenal of 'sour grapes' following criticism of Blackburn.
Blackburn skipper Ryan Nelsen has branded Arsenal's criticism of his team's tactics on Saturday 'sour grapes'.
The Gunners were frustrated by a determined Blackburn rearguard action in the FA Cup fifth round clash at Emirates Stadium and could only draw 0-0 to send the tie to a replay.
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas admonished opposition manager Mark Hughes following the final whistle, stating that the Welshman had betrayed his Barcelona past with his negative approach.
However, Nelsen feels that Arsenal's unhappiness merely stems from their frustration at having to visit Ewood Park for a tricky-looking replay.
"I think it was probably a bit of sour grapes because now they know the game at Ewood Park is going to be extremely difficult," Nelsen told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"The result gives us a huge amount of satisfaction because Arsenal score a lot of goals and I don't think a British team has kept them at bay yet at the Emirates.
"They're an extremely good side and they keep the ball well, so we knew if we opened up a bit they've got good enough players to hurt us."
A home tie against Manchester City awaits the victors in the quarter-finals, and Nelsen cannot wait to get stuck into The Gunners on 28th February.
"I'm really looking forward to it, to tell you the truth, because I don't think Arsenal will be too excited about going up to Ewood Park," Nelsen added.
"I know the crowd will come out for that game and I think we've got a really good shout at it."