By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger doesn't have a problem with teams playing different styles to Arsenal - as long as the laws are respected.
Ahead of Saturday's trip to tough-tackling Blackburn Rovers, the Frenchman explained that he believes it is right for teams to play to their strengths - but says referees need to ensure football's laws are adhered to.
"I believe everybody looks at his squad and tries to find a way where the game is most efficient," he said.
"We developed one way but it is not the only way, I respect every other way as long as the referees get the rules respected.
"I saw some pictures last Sunday; you cannot say anymore it is football, it is rugby on the goalkeepers more than football. The referees cannot go on and accept that. When you see how Shawcross kicked Gomes and how Huth pushed Gomes in the goal [during Tottenham's trip to Stoke].
"You cannot say that is football anymore.
"If the referees allow that you cannot accept that because that has nothing to do with the game. Apart from that, when a team plays long ball and heads the ball and becomes physical I accept that completely and I respect that.
"But it has to be in respect of the rules, that is all."
"I believe that in some situations the goalkeepers are not protected. You cannot have players whose main role is to stop the goalkeepers from catching the ball and not even go for the ball."

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26 Aug 2010