By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists that the debate sparked by Aaron Ramsey's serious injury does not pit Arsenal against the rest of the footballing world.
Ramsey will be sidelined for a long time after a challenge from Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross last weekend left him with a double fracture of his right leg.
Much of the debate this week has centred on whether Arsenal are singled out for rough treatment - after all, Ramsey is the third of Wenger's players to fall victim to over-zealous tackling in less than four years. But the manager was quick to point out at his pre-match press conference that his footballing ‘values' apply to his own team as much as Arsenal's opponents.
"It is not Arsenal against the rest of the world," insisted Wenger. "What I say here is valid for the Arsenal players as well.
"I want the Arsenal players to go into the tackles like everybody else. To go into the tackles and be committed.
"What I say is not just for Stoke or Arsenal players, it is for everybody. I defend football.
"It is not that we are apart from anybody else. We are the same. I am continuing to defend the values that I believe are important for our club and football. That doesn't mean we are angels and everyone else is the devil. It is for everybody."