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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: 'Troy Deeney's comments not justified'

Wilshere: 'Deeney's comments not justified'
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Midfielder Jack Wilshere says that Arsenal's character cannot be questioned, despite criticism from Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has claimed that Troy Deeney's comments on the character of the Gunners were 'not justified'.

After Watford came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend, Deeney said that Arsene Wenger's side were "lacking cojones".

However, Wilshere - who is yet to feature in the Premier League this season - has insisted that Arsenal simply made mistakes, rather than not showing enough desire to see out the game.

The 25-year-old is quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "As a player, if your attitude is questioned, it's horrible. I look around this team and you can't question our character. People try and put us down, they always have. I don't think the comments were justified.

"When we look back at the game, we look back at ourselves and what we did wrong. I don't think we can look back and question our character – we did certain things wrong but we certainly did not want to let the lead slip."

Wilshere will hope to feature when Arsenal face Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.


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1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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