Bolton manager Owen Coyle has joined Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce in his criticism of Arsene Wenger, berating the Arsenal boss for his public attack on Paul Robinson.
Coyle is furious that Wenger criticised Robinson for a challenge on Abou Diaby during the week after Arsenal’s 4-1 win on Saturday.
Coyle also questioned Wenger’s character, claiming the Frenchman changed his tone after being complimentary towards Bolton immediately after their Premier League encounter.
Coyle said: “I sent Arsene a text after the game to apologise for missing him as we had to catch a train back north. He sent me back a text saying we were a good team. I understand if people say things after games when a player gets injured. We all do that. But if I am there, say it to my face.
“Maybe Arsenal know they were in a really tough game and that is a compliment.
“I could say Kieran Gibbs should have been booked and then sent off for going into the back of Kevin Davies. I like to think we have endeavour, commitment and quality.
“If we want to harp back, look at the tackle on Mark Davies by William Gallas last season. People have to give balance and look at their own team.”
Wenger has suggested that Robinson should have been sent off for his challenge on Diaby. The Arsenal boss also called for the retrospective use of video technology to bring about suspensions for players who go unpunished for dangerous tackles.
Allardyce this week had hit out at Wenger’s alleged attempts at influencing referees with his comments, claiming the Arsenal boss has “most of the media in his pocket”.
Allardyce said: “He’s a very clever man in terms of influencing referees, officials and everybody in football.
“In saying people are trying to injure players he’s trying, through the media, to influence referees.”
“Arsene is almost, almost, affecting the officials so that you can’t tackle an Arsenal player.
“That’s something he’s very clever at working on and it’s almost working in his favour, you can see that.
“There is a perception that we kick everybody and Arsenal’s motivation is that you can’t tackle us as you aren’t supposed to.”