Wales manager Chris Coleman has hit out at Arsene Wenger over comments regarding Aaron Ramsey’s injury, claiming that by blaming him for the midfielder being sidelined the Frenchman has been disrespectful, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“If he [Wenger] has got a problem with my selection of one of his players then pick the phone up and tell me,” said Coleman.
“Our jobs are hard enough as managers without having a little chip at each other, especially a cheap shot like that
“Look at what Wenger said, he spoke to Roy Hodgson about Theo Walcott to warn him. Why didn’t he call me up?
“It would have been a five-minute phone call to say be careful and that is exactly what I would have done. I never got that phone call, nothing, even though we have an excellent masseur in our staff who works for Arsenal.
“I think it is disrespectful to me and my staff.”
It’s massively unfair of Coleman to lash out at Wenger in this way though, as not only was the Arsenal boss simply pointing out what everyone already knew, but he also took some of the responsibility for Ramsey’s injury himself.
Wenger made no secret that he thought Ramsey – as well as Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – were overplayed during the international break, suggesting that being played for the full 90 minutes in Wales’ second international game against Andorra had cost them.
“I believe he will be out until after the next international break. The fact that he played against Andorra certainly cost Bale and him as well,” Wenger said (via the Daily Mail).
The fact that Coleman’s side had already qualified for the Euro 2016 Championships before the game meant there was a definite chance for Ramsey to be rested, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
Wenger hasn’t put all of the blame on Coleman though, and claims he regrets playing Ramsey against Watford and should really have rested him.
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“Maybe he was overloaded with games,” he said, in a separate interview (via London24).
“I think maybe neither him nor Bale should have played [for Wales] against Andorra because they had already qualified.
“Ideally he should have had a breather then or against Watford. I regret playing him then because he got injured.”
Coleman is obviously correct when he says Wenger could have made a phonecall to request a rest for Ramsey, but the Welsh manager is more than capable of seeing when a player needs a rest himself.
Ramsey should have been given a rest against Andorra or Watford, and with Wales having already qualified it makes sense that the international match should have been the one he missed.
Wenger hasn’t shown disrespect in any way, and was simply pointing out that Ramsey should have been rested. It’s totally logical to think that the relatively meaningless game against Andorra was the best point to rest the player, so Coleman doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on.
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The fact that this small spat has been made public is something Coleman isn’t happy about, but he needs to accept that that is the nature of the game today, and you’re consistently going to be in the public eye.