Bolton’s Owen Coyle riled by Arsene Wenger criticism

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle has responded to critical comments from Arsene Wenger by suggesting his Arsenal counterpart is two-faced.

Coyle saw his side beaten 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium last weekend but revealed his surprise at hearing criticism from Wenger a few days after the match.

Wenger claimed Paul Robinson's tackle on Abou Diaby which went unpunished by the referee was a clear red card.

The Gunners boss went on to suggest that his players are too often the victims of overly-aggressive tackling.

"Pot and kettle are the words that come to mind. I sent Arsene a text after the game to apologise for missing him and he sent me a text saying we were a very good team," explained Coyle.

"I understand if people say things after games when a player gets injured. We all do that. I have no problem people having things to say. But if I am there, say it to my face.

"Maybe Arsenal know they were in a really tough game and that is a compliment.

"I could say Kieran Gibbs should have been booked and then sent off for going into the back of Kevin Davies.

"If we want to harp back, look at the tackle on Mark Davies by William Gallas last season.

"People have to give balance and look at their own team."

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