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Diaby - Gunners not protected

Ramsey injury brings back bad memories for Eduardo

Diaby: Described rivals as 'disgraceful'

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Abou Diaby has described the approach of some teams when playing against Arsenal as 'disgraceful' and does not believe he and his team-mates are protected by referees.

Gunners youngster Aaron Ramsey suffered a double break to his leg last weekend following a rough challenge from Ryan Shawcross, which earned the Stoke defender a red card.

Diaby was sidelined for eight months with a broken ankle after a tackle from Sunderland's Dan Smith in 2006 and empathises with his team-mate as he begins the long road to recovery.

But the France international also believes that Ramsey's injury is further evidence that Arsenal, who lost Eduardo for almost one year with a badly broken leg in 2008, are the victims of unfair officiating.

Diaby said in Arsenal's matchday programme ahead of the Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday: "In the last couple of years, teams have tried to intimidate us by playing very strongly, kicking us and things like that, but how far can this kind of thing go?

"We have seen three cases of this in the last four years, myself, Eduardo and Aaron.

Too much

"We know English football has a lot of physical engagement, and that is part of the game and we know that nobody goes in with the intent of injuring a fellow player, but when people are breaking their legs like this, it is too much.

"At the same time, I do not think we always get enough protection.

"The way some teams play against us is disgraceful and they can sometimes take advantage of this lack of protection and go in hard on us, which is why these bad things continue to happen."

Eduardo has revealed Ramsey's horror injury brought back some difficult emotions, but believes the youngster has the strength of character to eventually make a full recovery.

"I just hope Arsenal does not have any problems like this again," he said. "In four years, we have had three of the same injury. It is unbelievable.

"You do not see that happening three times at one club anywhere in the world. It was terrible."