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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Great respect to Glenn Whelan; Best wishes to Aaron Ramsey

Glenn Whelan has my greatest respect for immediately looking after and not leaving Aaron Ramsey straight after he received the shocking compound leg break after a late challenge by Ryan Shawcross. Whelan will now always have my respect for that exceptional reaction.

We all hope Aaron gets back to football as soon as possible. His progress has been excellent this season and I hope that this injury proves to be just a terrible test for him to go through on his way to becoming the world class midfielder that he has the ability and temperament to become. You've got it all Aaron, and we at Arsenal will support you on every step of your recovery and return to the pitch.


Blogger RedsMan said...

Terrible injury, terrible incident, terrible challenge, terrible moment, and it's another Arsenal player. Shawcross has been flagged up for challenges before - Francis Jeffers in 2007 (I think that was with Jeffers at Ipswich), Nov 2008 from behind on Adebayor whilst at Arsenal, and Ramsey yesterday.

As such there is a case that Shawcross should be exceptionally dealt with to keep him away from football. I don't believe in it, only to say that players who are involved in proven reckless tackles that result in severe injury to another player should be banned for five games AND be made to pay towards the medical costs of the injured player.

Ramsey I assume is upright in his hospital bed after successful surgery on his way to recovery, which I think is very pleasing to hear.

2/28/2010 4:04 pm

Blogger T said...

Redsman, I was not aware of the Jeffers ankle break by Shawcross. I did a google search on this and found this article. The quote from the Stoke assistant manager at the time is familiar..

2/28/2010 9:16 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Perhaps any manager would defend their player like so, because they know the player much more than the other managers. Shawcross wasnt malicious but reckless. There are times when you dont go in heavy-handed into a challenge because:

1) you look foolish having missed the ball and the opposition player has gone on with it;

2) Because in doing so you've put so much force that you have to slow yourself down to react even if you get the ball

3) A smart player could easily ride the challenge, let you get the ball but then take it off you as you're grounded with all that momentum

4) For what happened to Ramsey.

I've learned to look out for heavy challenges and ride with them, take the ball and leave the challenge behind. This leaving behind your leg after you've beaten another to the ball is a catalyst to a severe injury from a late challenge. And these late challenges come in from very zealous players. They cant get to the ball before you, so they get you instead.

Shawcross has been impressing, not necessarily to me but to Capello, and from Saturday evening he, as awell as other players, needs to learn discretion. When to go in hard and how, and when not to. Maybe those tears will be convincing enough for a proper lesson. I doubt we will see him coming out on Wednesday.


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