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Wales manager Chris Coleman hits back at Arsene Wenger and his 'cheap shot'

Coleman was responding to Wenger’s claim Aaron Ramsey was injured on international duty.

Coleman at this morning's press conference.
Coleman at this morning's press conference.
Image: Ben Birchall

Chris Coleman has blasted Arsene Wenger for giving him no warning over Aaron Ramsey’s flagging fitness before the Arsenal midfielder suffered a hamstring injury.

Gareth Bale and Ramsey will not play for Wales in their friendly against the Netherlands due to respective muscle injuries.

Bale has played just 45 minutes for Madrid since helping Wales qualify for Euro 2016, due to a calf complaint.

Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury in Arsenal’s Champions League contest with Bayern Munich last month, three days after playing the full 90 minutes and scoring in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Watford.

Wenger pointed the finger firmly in Coleman’s direction over the injury, but the Wales boss has lashed out at the Frenchman.

“Yeah I was surpised but anyone can call me up I haven’t got a problem,” Coleman said.

“If Wenger had a problem then call me I’ll drive to Arsenal’s training ground or to his office.

“Our job is hard enough without us chipping at each other, especially with a cheap shot, which is what it was. Don’t comment on Gareth Bale, he has nothing to do with Arsenal.

“If he has a problem with my selection of Ramsey then pick up the phone.

“That’s how it works, if I don’t get correspondence from the club or a call from the manager, then that it is a green light to play him.

“It’s plain and simple. No correspondence from wenger to me – he called Roy [Hodgson] to speak about Theo [Walcott], he didnt call me up. Why?”

Source: derya alara/YouTube

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