Wenger wants end to theatrics

Play-acting 'annoys' Gunners boss

Gervinho: Clashed with Joey Barton on the opening day of the season

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Arsene Wenger has called for an end to the play-acting which has marred certain Premier League fixtures in recent times.

The Arsenal boss feels some players over-react to the slightest of touches, with it their intention to see opponents punished for minor offences.

He hopes such actions can be eradicated, with English football having built a reputation on its physicality and sportsmanship.

"It annoys me, but it can happen with one of my players as well," said Wenger.

"For example, (Liverpool striker Luis) Suarez got the penalty last week. It was no penalty. Nobody touched him.

"Where they go overboard is that nobody touched him. I can understand if they push the ball too far, but when no one touches him...

"Then when they roll down the sock, take the shin pad out like he has been kicked like mad. It is a bit overboard. We don't need that."


Wenger is hoping there will be no theatrics during Arsenal's home date with Newcastle on Monday, with the two clubs having become embroiled in ugly spats in the not too distant past.

On the opening day of the current campaign, Gunners new boy Gervinho saw red for raising his hands to then Magpies midfielder Joey Barton.

Wenger says the incident taught his summer signing a harsh lesson, but claims the Ivorian is better prepared to handle life in the Premier League for having gone through the experience.

"Gervinho was shocked because he felt he didn't do a lot. I think he learned his lesson in the first game and it's better than after 20," he said.

"It's better to know what you are facing. If you want to play abroad, work abroad, then you have to adapt to the local culture."

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