Wednesday 18 September 2019

Coleman hits back at Wenger's 'cheap shot'

Wales manager Chris Coleman
Wales manager Chris Coleman

Wales manager Chris Coleman has accused Arsene Wenger of taking a "cheap shot" for blaming Aaron Ramsey's hamstring injury on the national team.

The Arsenal manager criticised Wales for playing the midfielder in last month's Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra after qualification for next summer's finals in France had already been secured. Ramsey suffered the injury playing for Arsenal against Bayern Munich the following week and is not expected to return to action until after the next international break.

But Coleman hit back at Wenger, saying: "If he has got a problem with my selection of one of his players, then pick the phone up and tell me. Our jobs are hard enough as managers without having a little chip at each other, especially a cheap shot like that.

"We didn't have a phone call from the Arsenal manager or any correspondence from their medical team and that is a green light for us to play the player.

"We had that correspondence from Real Madrid over Gareth Bale and I saw that Wenger spoke to Roy Hodgson to warn him about Theo Walcott. Why didn't he call me up?"

Ramsey returned from Wales duty to play the full game against Watford the following Saturday, but he lasted less than an hour in the game against Bayern the following Tuesday.

"We sent Aaron back fit because he played against Watford," Coleman added. "Then on Tuesday he pulls up after an hour, so how we get to the assumption that was our responsibility after a game and a half, I have no idea."

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