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

game.

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

is natural.

“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

problem.

“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

years.”