Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen insists he never referred to title-chasing Arsenal as 'spineless'.
A quote attributed to the Danish shot-stopper caused fury among the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger quick to retaliate by suggesting the Potters players are too heavy-handed in their approach to the game.
The uproar ensued after Stoke had dented Arsenal's quest for the Premier League crown with a shock 2-1 win at Britannia Stadium on 1st November.
Sorensen admits he questioned the attitude displayed by Wenger's men during that contest, but claims he had no intention of provoking a debate.
"The only thing I said was that in that game they lacked something you normally expect from Arsenal," he told The Sentinel.
"They didn't look ready for the challenges.
"I never said they were soft as a team or lacking courage."
Hoping to put the contentious issue to rest, Sorensen has now switched his focus to an impending clash with reigning champions Manchester United.
He admits that the Potters looked toothless during Saturday's dour goalless draw at Wigan and has called on his team-mates to raise their game ahead of a daunting trip to Old Trafford.
"Going forward we were non-existent in the second half," Sorensen said on the weekend showing at JJB Stadium.
"That part of our game has to improve. If we play like that at United next Saturday and cannot keep the ball for more than 10 seconds, then they are going to score."