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[Video’s] Was Wilshere’s Tackle As Bad As Taylor’s On Eduardo?

Written by Fab4.

Let’s get one thing straight, Jack Wilshere’s tackle was a bad one and he deserved his red card. Birmingham manager Alex Mcleish has compared it to Martin Taylor’s tackle on Eduardo at St. Andrews a few years back and says it should now put that challenge to bed and we should move on. His point was that even the most gifted footballers mistime tackles that can cause terrible injuries.

This is a caption of what McLeish had to say:

“It shows that mistimed tackles can be done by even the best players and Zigic was lucky he didn’t suffer a broken leg, there’s no doubt about it.

“Unfortunately for Eduardo a couple of years ago Martin Taylor mistimed a tackle and he’s totally vilified every single time we play Arsenal since and yet Jack’s tackle was a bad one without the same consequences.”

He goes on to say that we should now move on from the Taylor tackle, etc, but i cant find the full quotes or a video unfortunately. Of course he has a point but i don’t think it’s in good taste to bring up the Eduardo incident, given the horrific injury Dudo DID suffer that day and the consequences it has had on his career. I mean, he is and probably never will be the same player again. I just don’t see why he had to bring it up thats all. Wilshere being sent off for a bad tackle certainly doesn’t help Eduardo and I don’t think you can compare Wilshere or Taylor in any way.

Here is Jack’s tackle from yesterday:

Now here is Taylors:

Does Jacks tackle ‘even things out’ now? Have your say below….



  1. nemis

    October 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Diffrence between the two tackles are wilshere going for the ball, tayllor aiming on eduardos leg you even see him look att eduardo’s leg not the ball not even when the ball goes away he look’s for it!

    that tackle is one of the worst and clearly had an intent of injury the player!

  2. Ken

    October 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Viscious tackle.

    1.Please tell Wenger this is not rugby.

    2.Maybe, Murphy was right. Must be the manager pumping up his players to commit these viscious fouls?

    Weren’t these two statements every Gunner fan had agreed with. Hypocrites, the lot of you.

    • PTangYangKipperBang

      October 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Ken you are pathetic. It is a pathetic mentality you display. Wenger has campaigned to have dangerous tackles outlawed. Wenger works very hard with his players to make sure they do not commit them. That is why Arsenal are always top of the fair play league and are the most fouled team. That does not mean idiots like you have to hang around in the background just waiting for 1 of Arsenals players to mis time a tackle so you can trot out a load of twisted bile. Jack made a bad challenge. Wenger condemned it afterwards and apologised to Birmingham. Jack then released a statement apologising. Wenger will have strong words with Jack and probably fine him. THAT is how a football club should behave so try and learn something. People like you make me wanna throw up. Maybe it is you who are the hypocrite sir?

  3. Yavor

    October 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    The two tackles have only one thing in common – they both deserve red cards. Apart from that – it is hard to compare a full speed front lunge into the middle of the lower leg with a sideways lunge barely catching the ankle /or maybe even below it/. Mc Leish continues with the subject fully aware of his own guilt

    • samuel

      October 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Did Zigic walk off the pitch on his own or was he carried off on a stretcher with an ankle facing the wrong way ,a broken /fractured shin or a broken leg ,don,t be a hypocrite ,please ?

  4. T2T

    October 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Was the tackle as bad? No, because the results were very different. Jack however, didn’t know that coming in. His tackle was 4-5 inches lower than Taylor’s and more reminiscent of Dan Ryan’s tackle on Abou Diaby in the Sunderland game a couple of years ago. He deserved a straight red and let’s hope he learns from that. Other incidents that did not get the attention it should was when Jack was hit in the face a little earlier. Looking at the video in slow motion, frame by frame – it’s easy to see the movement of the arm. It was intended. Also, when Chamakh got the elbow in the head, I don’t think that was intentionally but the commentators on FSC were wrong when they thought Chamakh overplayed it.
    What disappointed me was Eboue’s scissors tackle – unnecessary and reckless by an experienced player; a defender.

  5. vince

    October 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Hmm… i think Wilshere did it purposely, remember Zigic elbow him and unpunish before that? he just want Zigic to know who’s the boss… and i also thought he touch the ball in this tackle~~

  6. samuel

    October 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    If a player senses a deliberate foul about to chop him down ,then that player is entitled to fall over at the appropriate moment, ask Trash.United about Ruud van Nistelrooy or Cristiano Ronaldo,two of the main culprits when it comes to diving ,or Steven Gerrard ,Wayne Rooney ,so yes Chamakh did what others have done routinely ,earned a penalty for Arsenal ,at home ,no need for lectures from hypocrites ?

  7. Duke

    October 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    2 me d difference can been seen by a blind man. 2 Alex he can say wateva he likes

  8. WengersGuideDog

    October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    i think having the video or eduardo’s leg break on your blog is pretty disrespectfull, especially when you talk abt how mcleish is out of order to bring it up. Perhaps we should make a nice picture book, with frame by fram shots and send it to eduardo??

    as for wilsheres tackle, yes it was bad, but eboues was worse

  9. Bradders89

    October 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    It’s football it happens!! I’m fed up of people trying to wrap players up in cotton wool. Ok these tackles are bad and career threatning, but thats what they signed up for when they wanted to play football. neither tackle was malicious (if you see the taylor tackle from the other side he wasn’t even looking at eduardo). neither wilshere or taylor are the sort of players that set out to break people. its a physical game….when will people remember this?? chopper harris use to do this every week….call me old fashioned but its the game we love!!

  10. WengersGuideDog

    October 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    your old fashioned and chopper harris was a scum bag

  11. midou

    October 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

    how can someone even try to compare them 2 tackles is beyond me,look at them again and you will see that jack is moving his foot away from the players leg as 4 mr taylors: its a horror one every time you see it. so please dont mix up what is unmixeble.tackles like wilsheres one used to b something really common in that league couple years ago not to mention that everything related to us is so mediatised and debated,just an example remember eddy penalty vs celtic? it became a state really:it was just a bad tackle and the difference between the two is one of the victims is scar for life

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