Former Stoke forward Jonathan Walters has called Arsenal “the worst sore losers”.

Walters has been involved in several Stoke-Arsenal clashes over the years, and it was just before Stoke’s win yesterday that he branded Arsenal as the worst sore losers he had encounters with.

In an interview with the Stoke Sentinel, Walters discussed Chelsea’s discipline during their 3-2 defeat to Burnley, and then sneaked in a comment about Arsenal: “With some of their players, their discipline was horrendous. All moaning. I always think, ‘Be graceful in defeat, don’t over-egg it when you win.’

“You get sore losers but then they’re at Chelsea for a reason; maybe they’re sore losers and that drives them. But Arsenal are the worst for sore losers.”

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Walters not ‘over egging it’ when Stoke score v Arsenal

Arsenal haven’t enjoyed the majority of their visits to Stoke, mostly due to Stoke’s overly physical play when Tony Pulis was in charge.

We’ve gone there and suffered serious injuries, but haven’t received much sympathy or protection from the referees since.

There have also been times where Stoke have simply been better, painful as that is to admit.

However, there have been plenty of times where Arsenal’s complaints were perfectly justified.

Yesterday just happened to be one of those times, as Arsenal were denied a penalty and a perfectly legitimate goal. Stoke were no better on the day (in fact they were significantly worse), but managed to come away with a win.

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