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Aug 21, 2010

Wenger: Scholes has a darker side to him

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out at Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, claiming that he is not a fair player and has a 'darker side in him'.

Wenger has never been one to keep quiet when he feels his players have been mistreated and, last season, singled out United's Darren Fletcher for what he called 'anti-football'. Now the war-of-words between Wenger and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to continue after Scholes produced a terrific display in Monday's 3-0 win against Newcastle.

"Who wouldn't want a quality player like Paul Scholes in his team?'' Wenger told the Sun. "But ask me if he's been a fair player, I say no. I'm sorry, for me he's not been fair.

"There's a little bit of a darker side in him. I don't like some things he does. It's not because you are older suddenly that you are a saint."

Asked if there was a specific tackle he was thinking about, such as Scholes' reckless challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes in the 2004 FA Cup semi-final, Wenger said: "With Paul Scholes you have more than one. I can remember a few. Unfair? Of course."

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