While talking about the red card to Wilshere, Wenger said that, yes by no means it is something that can be defended. However he added that things like that often happen on the pitch that are beyond the control of anyone. He went on to say that Jack only went in hard to get the ball and he is 100% sure that there was no malicious intent.
“I don’t think Jack [Wilshere] saw the player he was tackling. He just thought ‘I lost the ball, there’s a minute to go, I must chase and win this ball back’, but he mistimed his tackle,” said the Frenchman.
“You have to make a difference between an accidental red card and a team who tries to kick you from the first to the last minute. There is no comparison”.
Wenger went on to say that Wilshere is a very talented player, and with time, he would learn to tackle the proper way. Wenger who is also known as ‘the Professor’ said that Jack is only 18 and it would be harsh to judge him by one incident. On a lighter note Wenger referred to Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes , and said that he has been playing for United for almost 2 decades and even till now he does not know how to make a proper tackle. Wenger added that this does not undermine Schole’s ability as a player. And he is a player who always plays with all his heart for the club but often does get booked here and there for a bad tackle.
The French manager also tried to direct the attention of the media towards the rash tackles his players have been getting over the last few seasons. Wenger said players like Eduardo de Silva, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey have all suffered broken legs, but he never accused anyone of malicious intent as things like that happen when players play with passion. The manager ended by saying that his team should not be singled out, and there should be a balance all round when it comes to criticising the teams in terms of tackling and style of play.