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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has accused some of Stoke’s players of deliberately trying to hurt his players.

Gunners forwards Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor both picked up injuries during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

The pair will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Fenerbahce with Walcott having the better chance of returning against Manchester United this weekend.

Wenger was angry with Stoke’s physical approach and has described those who injured Walcott and Adebayor as ‘cowards’.

“For me, you need to have more courage to play football when you know somebody is tackling you from behind without any intention to play the ball, with only one intention to hurt you and I can show you some tackles where I can prove what I say,” said Wenger.

“The one who is tackling is not the brave one, for me the brave one is the one trying to play football.

“Do you really feel that [Rory] Delap tried to play the ball when he tackled Walcott or that [Ryan] Shawcross tried to play the ball when he tackled Adebayor off the pitch?

“All the players have been injured deliberately.

“For me, the brave one is not the one who tackles from behind, but the player who tries to play football. That’s the coward.”

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