Commit a handball if you need to, says Wenger

By Thomas Crean

arsene wenger handball

Arsene Wenger has asked his players to handle the ball if they get injured during play in order to stop the opposition from mounting an attack.

He revealed his plea following Denilson’s sudden collapse during the 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.

Wenger said: “I said to Denilson afterwards: ‘If that happens (again) you have to commit a handball.”

After Denilson fell to the ground, Everton took possession and had a shot which was saved by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Wenger said that he felt there was an important issue that had to be cleared up in these circumstances.

“I’m very serious. If you go down, and there hasn’t been a foul, you cannot ask Everton to stop their counter-attack and not to score,” he added.

He made it clear that he was not blaming the behaviour of the opposition.

“No. I wasn’t [upset that Everton played on],” said the Arsenal manager.

Denilson pulled up with a sudden pain in his side and the Arsenal medical staff are still unsure what caused the Brazilian’s sudden pain, although the player is to undergo a scan to see if he will be fit to face Bolton on Sunday.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
2018 Review
The Sport Review
Milestones and memories, with Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Halep, Radwanska, and more
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker reacts to Mo Salah’s display in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli
The Sport Review
John Arne Riise reacts to Alisson’s save in Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win over Napoli