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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

David Moyes blasts Arsene Wenger's 'holiday' comment as 'insult to football'

Sunderland manager David Moyes says Arsene Wenger's comments on some Premier League teams "going on holiday" were an insult to football.

Earlier this week, Wenger claimed that "some teams turn up, some go on holiday" after West Ham's performance during their 4-0 defeat to top-four rivals Liverpool.

But Moyes said after Monday's 2-0 loss to Arsenal that Wenger's comments were doing a disservice to less powerful clubs and the sport as a whole.

"I think that's an insult to football as I've been a player myself," Moyes said. "I would hate it if anyone would question me if I was going to chuck a game away.

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"We didn't play well on Saturday, we know that but I think you can see Sunderland had a go, tried to score at times but we were outclassed by a better football team.

"The teams have too much pride, the players have too much pride, every game matters, whatever team you support or whoever you play for, you play for the jersey, and would hope every player would do that."

Sunderland have already been relegated, but Moyes was happy with the fight left in his team, who were undone by a pair of Alexis Sanchez goals.

"I thought the team showed great character, we set up to try and make it difficult for Arsenal and for long periods we did do but not only that but we created opportunities and the players worked really hard," Moyes said.

"If we got the first goal tonight maybe we would have got something to hold on to."

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