By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants to draw a line under the Aaron Ramsey affair - but he stands by everything he said following last weekend's game at Stoke.
The Arsenal manager was left fuming at the Britannia Stadium after seeing Ramsey being stretchered off with a broken leg following a challenge by Ryan Shawcross.
At the time Wenger described the tackle as "unacceptable" and noted that it was "no coincidence" that Abou Diaby, Eduardo and now Ramsey have all fallen victim to over-zealous challenges in the past four years.
Wenger wants to focus on the future now but, when pressed on the matter on Friday, he refused to retract his earlier comments.

"I stand by what I said 100 percent," he said. "I knew exactly what would happen the whole week, that was quite easy to predict but I don't know what is to be added to that.

"It is important to focus on the future, help Aaron Ramsey and let people talk. We don't want to come back too much on headlines that will create controversy. It doesn't help Aaron, it doesn't help football and we don't go any further any more.
"I lived for 20 years abroad and I know what it means. I am not always 100 per cent right but I am entitled to have my opinion no matter where I work.

"I love the commitment of the English game. I don't want to change that and it makes the game even more attractive. I am 100 percent behind the commitment. But high commitment demands fair intention as well."

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5 Mar 2010