By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger says tackling is an art and does not want to see it eradicated from the game.
 
The Frenchman was critical of the challenge by Ryan Shawcross that left Aaron Ramsey with a broken leg at Stoke last weekend, but that doesn't mean he wants to see referees clamp down on tackling completely.
 
"I admire a great technical tackle as much as a creative pass," he said.

"A tackle is an art in itself - that means you always have your eye on the ball, never with a high foot, in your tackle you can already make a pass.
 
"Tackling is an art you do not want to get out of the game.

"We have some good tacklers in this league, some who are not good - but that does not mean you go into it trying to break a leg.
 
"To close your eyes and go in too physical, that does not mean it is intentional, but there is danger."

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