Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Warns Referees To Watch Out For Blackburn Rovers' 'Rugby' Tactics

Gunners boss wary of physical style of play...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned referees to watch out for Blackburn Rovers' "rugby" tactics.

The two sides meet this weekend with plenty of bad blood shared between them in the past. Last season, the Frenchman accused the club of blocking goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi at every opportunity as he fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Wenger referenced Stoke City's display against Tottenham a week ago as a warning to officials.

He said: "I believe everybody looks at his squad and tries to find a way where the game is most efficient and we developed one way. 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 any more it is football, it is rugby on the goalkeepers [more] than football.

"The referees cannot go on and accept that.

"When you see how [Stoke defender Ryan] Shawcross kicked [Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho] Gomes, how [Robert] Huth pushed Gomes in the goal, you cannot say that is football any more.

"If the referees allow that you cannot accept that because that has nothing to do with the game.

"Apart from that, when a team play long ball and head the ball and become physical I accept that completely and I respect that - but it has to be in respect of the rules, that is all."

Wenger also revealed that apart from long-term absentees Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey, he has a full bill of health for the trip north.

He said: "We have Denilson back in the squad.
"Of course Nasri, Bendtner and Ramsey are still injured but everyone else is available.
"Koscielny is back from suspension and he will be involved. The situation of the squad on the health front is quite good."

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