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[Video] Watch Andy Wilkinson’s Horror Tackle On Thomas Vermaelen

Watch Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson’s horror tackle on Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen during their 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Arsenal came away from the Britannia Stadium with a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon. The game had everything you’d expect from Tony Pulis’ Stoke side, organisation, passion, defend first – attack later attitude, rowdy fans and a career threatening tackle.

Thomas Vermaelen was lucky to walk away from this ‘overzealous’ challenge from Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson midway through the second half. The defender can flying in, studs showing, straight through the back of TV5 and if the Belgian hadn’t expected it coming and had the time to ride it, he could have suffered a serious injury.

But hey, I’ve heard Wilkinson is just an honest English pro who ‘isn’t that sort of player’. Yeah right!



  1. silentstan

    August 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    he isnt ‘that sort of player’ he is a Stoke player. Another breed entirely

  2. dan

    August 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    he went home crying to his mum afterwards, so it’s alright he did it

  3. ako

    August 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    still harpin on about shawcross tackle living in the past. then again you not got much of a present or future with whinger in charge. maybe youre right relive the past when u won somat

    • Linton

      August 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Clever that – I see what you did there – whinger and Wenger are very similar words.

      The only pregame mention of Shawcross I saw was on a Stoke website and by Pulis.

    • mike

      August 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Learn to write and spell and stop trying to steer away from the fact that you support a team whom half its players should have been kicked from playing professional football for the safety of REAL players careers and do not even start about winning things when you dont even support a footballing team.

    • the Rambler

      August 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      No need to harp on about Shawcross. You guys provide us with another studs up leg-breaker every time we turn up!

      I presume you will start booing Vermaelen as well now.

    • Dylan

      August 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      You should take a look closer to home kid. Sundays game saw Pulis flapping his arms and moaning at every decision that went against your team. Arsene Wenger on the other hand only left his dugout to complain once. But did the Arsenal fans take the mickey out of Pulis like your lot would? NO.

      We’ve got more class.

  4. Gunner Peter

    August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Come on lads let’s grow up at little.

    It wasn’t a horror tackle at all, is this all we look for now when we play Stoke? Wilkinson came through the back of his granted but it was with his thigh not his stud. Vermaelan got up straight away so not ‘walking away’ from it is a bit over the top bad. Bad tackle yes, horror tackle? Hardly.

    Is anyone here old enough to remember Adams or Keown?

    • zdzis

      August 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Those that are don’t watch the past Arsenal games sped up as you seem to. True, tough tackling isn’t foreign to most of EPL teams, and perhaps “horror” is a bit much, but at the pace EPL teams play at today, malicious tackles like these lead to injuries, as simple as that.

    • Hairystool

      August 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Gunner Peter for a reasoned view of it.

      • mike

        August 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Gunner my arse!

        • madman pullis

          August 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

          I’d rather take your wife.

    • mike

      August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Yes I am old enough to remember and all I can say to that is our club has turned around since that era in terms of fair play and it should be something that is stamped out by now to prevent damaging careers, some teams simply cannot play fair to get a result pure and simple, I do not think the arsenal support need to grow up on this one but that others should realize this is football not rugby, if I wanted to watch a rugby game I wouldn’t be watching an Arsenal game.

      • Matt

        August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

        Doesn’t Wengers sides have the largest collection of red cards in the prem – is that how fair play you are

  5. Paul

    August 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Wilco can be a hot head and having looked at that replay the booking was deserved. What is not deserved is the ‘horror tackle’ title added for dramatic intent. Even the Arsenal players were ok with the decision so turn off your petty ‘horror’ campaign

  6. alex

    August 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Horror tackle? Is this writer a drama queen or what.

    Go watch ballerina you priss

  7. MysticalDescent

    August 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Horror tackle? You have got to be kidding me.

    Fair tackle, won the ball. That’s the end of the debate. For a supposed hard man, Vermaelen is a disgrace.

    • Ezekiel Inyang

      August 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      @mystical, dat wasn’t a fair play, is indeed a horror tackle & everybody saw it, even the rugby player himslf knew it was a bad tackle on TV5, & u re nofin’ but moroon, a knave, brute & as well as a fool for say dat TV5 is a desgrace. Degrace for not waiting to sustain injury or he ‘ve been injued as well like the way they showcross broke Rambos leg, which one ‘re u refering for him? U can kiss my ass u silly arrogant… Gunner till i die, up u gunners!!!

    • Ezekiel Inyang

      August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Stoke city still remain a chicken club b4 d Gunners do agry or not?

    • MysticalDescent

      August 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Can anybody translate what these morons are talking about for me, please?

      For your own sakes, I will reduce put the important things you need to know about this video in capital letters and on separate lines.



      • MysticalDescent

        August 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        Perhaps that’s a little harsh. No offence intended.

        The point remains, though. If we are now describing fair tackles in which players win the ball as horror tackles then we may as well pack up and go home.

        • zdzis

          August 28, 2012 at 6:50 am

          What stuff are you on??
          Yes, he got the ball, but he clattered TV from behind in the process. If you get the ball and then break the other player’s leg because it was right behind it, do you still feel it as a fair tackle?
          Again, it’s not so much a question of hysteria now as simply a fair assessment. I agree “horror” isn’t the word, but “malicious,” “nasty,” “tough,” “heavy” – all of those seem to describe it pretty accurately, and that says something about its quality.
          Also, I gather you think he didn’t deserve the yellow? If it was a “fair tackle”?
          Read the rules first, then go public.

          • MysticalDescent

            August 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

            Read the rules?

            We founded the original Football League. We wrote the laws of the game before Arsenal even existed, never mind before they’d made their MK Dons style move across London. These are our rules that your lot are constantly trying to pervert and destroy. Let us have our game back and go ruin somebody else’s sport.

            He tackled the player and won the ball. It’s about time that the FA started to penalise referees who give garbage decisions like this and apply this sort of interpretation of ‘excessive force’. The ball was there to be won, he put his foot in and won it fairly. Just because a player exaggerates the contact and rolls around on the floor a lot, it doesn’t mean it’s a foul.

            Malicious? That would imply that he had decided before the game that he wanted to cripple Vermaelen and that he had decided that that was the point at which he was going to do it. Of course, he also apparently did a bad job of it, because despite Vermaelen’s play acting, there was actually nothing up with him.

  8. kjpt140v

    August 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    What a sad bunch the Arsenal fans are. I actually thought the first part of the tackle was briliant, unfortunatley he let himself down with the trailing leg.
    I think Arenal should concentrate on Asenal instead of using other teams as scapegoats, if Stoke are as poor as you lot say then why can’t you beat us?

    You are fast losing your status as a top four team hence the loss of RVP and Song.

    Stop whingeing and move on.

    • madman pullis

      August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Ha Ha, for all dirty stoke tries to do year after year, stoke still is a bottom of table club, way below arsenal.

  9. ako

    August 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    youre funny mike. youre more concerned about us than winning a slagging off adams and keowns style but what have you done since then ? I thought you were a proper gooner but then again you were probably a liverpool fan back then. why dont you buy a chelsea top , theyre doin well you can watch them on telly instead

  10. TheKungFuDetective

    August 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I am so bored of this. Gooners going on and on about Stoke. So, some fans made us look like nobs booing Ramsey. It clearly wasn’t because he got his leg broken but because of his and Wengers behaviour since. Also, if your going to be so violently vile towards Shawcross, baying for his blood the moment he steps out what do you expect from the Stoke fans. Coleman mixing the whole thing back up before the game for no reason at all. Yawn. Gooners – stop moaning and generalising about Stoke fans, stirring it up, talking about us as if we’ve been sh1t out of the football Antichrist’s ar5e and focus on supporting your team. Please. Stop.

  11. akke dadi gorfu

    August 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

    i don’t know what happened in Arsenal.B/c arsenal not like this.we trust by arsen wenger.

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