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Everton boss blasts Arsene Wenger over "disrespectful" comments

Moyes unhappy with Wenger's post-match comments. (©GettyImages)
Moyes unhappy with Wenger's post-match comments. (©GettyImages).

Everton manager David Moyes has hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over the "disrespectful" comments made after Tuesday night's goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The two sides met in a crucial match in the fight for a top four finish and went head-to-head in what was a very physical 0-0 draw, which saw both team's leave frustrated with just a point.

After the game, Wenger was less than impressed with the tactics and physicality of the Everton players and accused the Toffees of setting out to injure his Arsenal stars.

Wenger singled out Darren Gibson, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar for criticism, all of whom were seen making some tough challenges on the likes of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

Some may argue that Gibson should have been sent off for a second-bookable offence but the referee opted not to show the ex-Manchester United midfielder a red card - a decision that annoyed Wenger.

Moyes has defended his tactics and says Everton are well within their rights to adopt a physical approach.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Moyes said: "I'm not here to make friends with other managers. My job is to win games for Everton.

"I thought that was the case [Wenger was disrespectful]. I thought we passed the ball around well. We weren't going to let Arsenal come and dominate the game. We were going to stop them from doing that.

"No-one said you can't be competitive and I thought we played well. We restricted their passing and didn't let them into their flow as much."

Ross Barkley impressed in an advanced role behind the striker during the game, and was Everton's stand-out performer. But his manager has dampened talk of a regular first-team role for the England youth international, insisting he must keep his feet firmly on the ground.

"There has been a lot of stuff said because he came in and did OK but he has a lot of maturing to do," Moyes added.

"You should not expect to see him regularly yet."

 

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