Ramsey horror leg break overshadows Arsenal win
Published 22:30 27/02/10 By Richard Lewis
Aaron Ramsey was rushed to hospital last night with a badly broken leg after being hit by an X-rated Ryan Shawcross tackle at Stoke.
The City skipper was sent off for his challenge. And while concerned Arsenal players and medics surrounded the brilliant young Welshman, Shawcross left the pitch in tears.
It brought back instant memories of the horrific broken leg of his Arsenal team-mate Eduardo at Birmingham almost two years to the day.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, clearly incensed by events, shook his head in dismay as Ramsey was carried off to a waiting ambulance.
Sky chose not to show replays of the incident and presenter Richard Keys said: “We are not going to show it – you have to feel for his family.”
Wenger said: “We have a 19-year-old boy who has suffered a horrendous tackle.
“I would say we are not protected enough. I have no problems with teams being physical but three broken legs in five years is just too much.
“Tackles like that are not part of football. They just aren’t acceptable. I hope people will spare me stories of how nice Shawcross is. For Ramsey to be kicked out of the game like that is beyond words.”
The incident overshadowed a match where Arsenal narrowed the gap on Manchester United in second place.
They were behind after only eight minutes as Danny Pugh put Stoke in front before Nicklas Bendtner equalised 13 minutes before the break.
After the Ramsey injury, Arsenal’s players picked themselves up and won the match in the final minutes, Cesc Fabregas slotting home a penalty before Thomas Vermaelen tapped in a third.
In the countdown to the game, Arsenal’s French defender Bacary Sagna revealed that he is fed up of United taking the mickey out of the Gunners.
But he admitted that United’s Patrice Evra was spot-on when describing the last tie between the teams as men against boys. Sagna said: “Basically he was right. When we take a smack, we turn the other cheek.
“We are not killers. It’s for the players to take a close look at ourselves, not the manager. We take certain matches too lightly.
“When we take the lead it should be match won, but we get stupidly pulled level. Like from 1-0 to 1-2 against United.
“We have had enough of them taking the mickey. The way Evra made his point did upset me, but it’s for us now to find some pride. Pride comes with maturity. I hope the match against Porto with those ridiculous goals is going to be the slap in the face that will make us react.”
Unknown to Arsenal fans, Sagna is fighting another, more personal battle in his quest for a trophy.
He admitted needing psychological help from Arsenal after the death of his brother two years ago.