Almunia criticizes physical Tigers
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has bemoaned the physical
approach of some of Hull’s players in the Gunners’ victory over
them on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger’s side beat Hull 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium to
maintain their push at the top of the Premier League table.
But Saturday’s clash was marred by a mass brawl before
half-time after Samir Nasri’s challenge on Richard Garcia, which
earned the Arsenal man a yellow card.
Stephen Hunt was one of those who piled in following the
incident and Alumina also clashed with the same player during the
Almunia said: “It is not nice to see players fighting each
other. But everybody is sensitive and have their own character.
When someone touches a part of your body you react on the pitch. It
“Two or three of their players tried to disturb our game.
That is OK. If they don’t know how to play football, it is not our
“They were not all too aggressive. But it is only a few who
were very nasty. People react. I did it a couple of times with
Hunt. I have nothing against him but it is not nice to play these
type of players.”
He added: “The main thing was winning. Our team was not
playing with confidence following the last match. It was a bad
result at Burnley and we did not play our best up there.
“We saw some good character against a good, aggressive team.
We have to translate this attitude away from home.
“At the end of the season, there will be three teams fighting
for the title. It will be one of the tightest at the top for