Arsenal playmaker target faces no further 'walk-out' action

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Neil Warnock has jumped to the defence of former captain and reported Arsenal target Adel Taarabt, insisting he will not punish the star for walking out on QPR reports The Sun.

The 22-year-old Moroccan midfielder left Craven Cottage after being substituted at half-time on Sunday, in a match that ended in a 6-0 Barclays Premier League drubbing at the hands of west London rivals Fulham.

Taarabt's future at Loftus Road has been frequently talked about, with constant speculation that the talented playmaker would leave in the summer transfer window, as a host of club's were credited with an interest in him.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the temperamental midfield magician, and was heavily linked with making a move to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Taarabt in fact came close to joining the Gunners when he first arrived on English soil, but was convinced to snub an Arsenal transfer in favour of a switch to north London rivals Tottenham.


After failing to make an impact at Spurs, Taarabt was eventually sold to QPR, where he has enjoyed much more success, helping the club to the Npower Championship title last year.

However, after attracting interest from a host of clubs around Europe, Taarabt was said to have had his head turned, and after he was forced to relinquish the captain's armband in favour of summer signing Joey Barton - his future has looked increasingly uncertain.

However, Warnock played down talk of a rift following the player's latest antics saying, "It doesn't bother me. The dressing rooms at Craven Cottage are in one corner of the ground, the bench is on the halfway line on the far side of the pitch.

"I'm not going to insist he walks 60 yards just to sit and watch us lose. People talk about him storming off. I didn't even know he had gone and he certainly didn't go to the pub for a pint. He's a Muslim and doesn't drink.

"You will get days when Adel throws his toys out of the pram. That isn't a worry for me. I'd have more problem if someone was happy being subbed."

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