By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits that Abou Diaby deserved his red card at Bolton on Saturday but dismissed comparisons with the tackle which left Eduardo with a broken leg and a dislocated ankle.

Diaby was sent off after sliding in and catching Gretar Steinsson with his studs raised at the Reebok Stadium. The Frenchman's dismissal left Arsenal a man down as well as a goal down but Wenger had no complaints.

However, the Arsenal manager insisted that Diaby's tackle was not as bad as Martin Taylor's challenge on Eduardo at Birmingham last month or indeed the lunge by Sunderland's Dan Smith which sidelined Diaby for nine months in May 2006.

"I knew the injury [to Steinsson] was not bad," said Wenger after Arsenal's 3-2 win at Bolton.

"Diaby certainly hit him but it was not comparable with what happened [to Eduardo] a few weeks ago. Diaby's tackle was a fraction high but as long the foot is off the ground you cannot complain.

"Diaby was injured and out for nine months but that tackle [from Smith] was very bad. It was malicious. Diaby's tackle was not malicious but your intention does not count. It is where your foot is that counts."

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Chris Harris 31 Mar 2008