Arsene Wenger - Challenge that injured Lucas Perez was 'stupid'
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Reading defender Danzell Gravenberch deliberately kicked Lucas Perez in a "stupid" tackle that has sidelined the Gunners striker for up to eight weeks,
"It's an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick," said Wenger ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland. "It's very frustrating."
Wenger compared Gravenberch's challenge to the foul on Modou Barrow that saw Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka sent off in his team's 3-2 win over Swansea on 15 October.
"It was not needed. I think it was a more frustrated reaction from the player," said Wenger.
"It's a similar tackle to Xhaka, but there was no red card."
Gravenberch - who was known by the nickname Gravenbeast during his time in the Netherlands' Eredivisie - received four yellow cards and a red in his first 10 league games for Romanian side Cluj in the 2014-15 season.
Perez, 28, has scored two goals in six games since arriving at the Emirates Stadium but as well as the trip to Sunderland is expected to miss Premier League matches against Tottenham and Manchester United, and the Champions League tie with Paris St-Germain.
Although Perez is expected to be out until December, Arsenal's forward line is set to be strengthened by the return of Olivier Giroud.
The France international came through his comeback as a substitute in the win over the Royals on Tuesday after a month out with a toe injury.