Part 26 – work with the ref (reprise)

April 5, 2010

It is part of the Arsenal philosophy to make sure officials react properly to fouls, tackles, whatever. So it was to the credit of the Arsenal players that they made sure Andre Marriner drew an instant red the moment Karl Henry ‘tackled’ Tomas Rosicky. There are some that have argued that it was the reaction of the players that got the red rather than the tackle, for example in this article in The Guardian , but the cynics are ignoring the way Arsenal players also surrounded the ref in the Champions League game against Barcelona in an attempt to get their own players (Arshavin, Diaby, Song et al) sent off following several shocking late challenges from behind. The last thing anybody from Arsenal wants to be accused of is hypocrisy.

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