Daniel Agger unrepentant over Wilshere challenge

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has turned down the opportunity to offer Jack Wilshere an apology for his challenge in Wednesday's friendly international at Wembley, telling The Mirror that he was fully committed to winning the ball in a challenge he viewed as 50-50.

Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot as a result of Agger's tackle and is facing a minimum of six weeks on the sidelines, leaving his chances of playing for Arsenal again this season and at the World Cup in serious jeopardy.

Agger raised his studs in the tackle but is absolutely adamant that his only intention was to win possession, insisting that a defender must attempt to win those kind of challenges to be successful at the top level.

The Danish international told The Mirror: "It was 50/50. You have to go for those challenges.

"I was going for the ball and I think I got the ball but the referee didn't."

Arsenal are believed to be pressing for a compensation reaching £600,000 from the Football Association after losing their midfield maestro at a crucial stage of the campaign, although any financial return will not help the Gunners in their search for silverware.

Agger meanwhile has been the target of a petition from Gunners fans asking for the centre-back to be banned for six games what they view as a reckless tackle, the latest in a glut of recent online petitions concerning Premier League players.

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