Pulis hits back in row

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis has hit back at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's remarks that his players deliberately set out to injure their opponents.

Pulis claims the Frenchman is guilty of a U-turn after initially accepting defeat graciously in the immediate aftermath of a match in which Gunners striker Robin van Persie was the only man to be sent off.

"In Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday evening, Mr Wenger talked openly about Arsenal's encounter with Stoke as being a 'typical English encounter'," Pulis told he club's official website. "In London 48 hours later and 150 miles away from Stoke-on-Trent, Mr Wenger changed tack and has tried to rewrite history."

Pulis added: "He commended my team's organisation, my team's commitment and confessed that on the day Stoke City thoroughly deserved to win the game. Very open and very honest.

"Remember there was only one red card on Saturday and the last time I watched the game it certainly wasn't a Stoke City player who received it."

Pulis insisted there was no way his players would deliberately set out to injure opponents.

"As for Rory Delap's challenges on Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna, Rory is as honest and committed as they come," he added.

"They were free-kicks, but Rory would never purposely go out to injure a fellow professional, it's just not in Rory's nature. Further, as I recall the game, Emmanuel Adebayor was booked for a chest-high challenge on Ryan Shawcross."

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