Stoke City: Arsene Wenger wants line drawn under Ryan Shawcross and Aaron Ramsey incident
ARSENE Wenger wants a line drawn under the Ryan Shawcross/Aaron Ramsey controversy after claiming the Stoke skipper is now a better player.
Wenger remains critical of the Shawcross challenge which left Ramsey with a broken leg at the Britannia in February 2010.
But the Arsenal boss now says it is time to bury the hatchet and not hold the incident against Shawcross for ever.
Speaking ahead of Shawcross joining up with the England squad following his call-up for back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland over the next eight days, Wenger stated: "I think he has improved as a player and he has cleaned up his act.
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"You cannot convict a player forever because of that (challenge).
"I didn't agree at the time with the tackle. I said that, it was just my opinion again, it doesn't mean that the player has to suffer from that his whole life. He looks to be nowadays more efficient in his game and more composed."
Wenger's statement will also go some way towards placating Stoke and their fans following several derogatory comments from the Frenchman about the club's style of play – not least his infamous comparison to rugby – which has invited derision every time the Arsenal manager has returned to the Britannia.