Arsenal Fans In State Of Non-Shock As Shawcross Strikes Again

Ryan Shawcross has long been the man Arsenal fans love to hate. Yesterday's game brought another shocking tackle from the Stoke City captain...
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Ryan Shawcross has long been the man Arsenal fans love to hate. Yesterday's game brought another shocking tackle from the Stoke City captain...

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Shortly after Lukas Podolski scored Arsenal's match-winner on Saturday, Laurent Koscielny and Ryan Shawcross contested a fifty-fifty tackle near the halfway line. As is his wont, Shawcross decided that this was an unmissable chance to leave an opponent needing medical attention.

Yesterday's scythe was the latest in a long line of assaults on players connected to Arsenal by the Stoke defender.

In October 2007, an ugly lunge from Shawcross left Francis Jeffers - then of Sheffield Wednesday - sidelined for three months with ligament damage.

A little over a year later, Shawcross scythed down Emmanuel Adebayor from behind in an incident for which the ball was not even in play. Adebayor was out for three weeks following the challenge.

February 2010 brought Shawcross's magnum opus: the brutal 'tackle' on Aaron Ramsey that snapped the midfielder's leg in two places. Tony Pulis infamously defended his favourite thug in the post-match interview, arguing that "it was an awkward challenge, not a dirty challenge," a quotation that continues to enrage Gunners to this day.

Pulis may continue to tell us that Shawcross is 'not that type of player', but we know otherwise. Yesterday, he once again proved that he is a plague on the game of football.


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