By Chris Harris
Arsenal players require more surgery than any other team in Europe, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman looked on in anger as Aaron Ramsey was stretchered off during last weekend's game against Stoke after suffering a broken leg in a challenge with Ryan Shawcross.
Ramsey follows Abou Diaby and Eduardo as a high-profile victim of dangerous tackling but, on further examination, they are not the only Arsenal players to fall foul of serious foul play.
Robin van Persie and Kieran Gibbs complete a trio of Arsenal players who have needed surgery during this season alone and Wenger believes that's an uneviable record that no other club can match.
"We've had three players this year who've had surgery as a result of tackles," said the Frenchman. "Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs and now Aaron Ramsey.
"We're the only club in Europe who've had three players requiring surgery.
"Before the accident with Gibbs [in the Standard Liege game] I stood up to the referee five times in the last 15 minutes and said 'calm this man [Eliaquim] Mangala down because he will kill one of our players.'
"It was so obvious. They'd lost the game and he was just looking to kick people. What happened? He broke the metatarsal of Kieran Gibbs. It could have been avoided."

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5 Mar 2010