Rafael van der Vaart does not believe Harry Redknapp should have spoken about his recent injury.
Redknapp has stated that he regularly takes Van der Vaart off because there is a ‘weakness in his hamstrings’, a remark the 28-year-old wishes the manager had kept to himself.
“In my opinion he made a mistake in making his comments about my most recent injury,” said Van der Vaart.
“He took me off because he did not want to take any risks with me. I can understand that but I am convinced I could have played for 90 minutes.
“I was amazed to be taken off. I felt I’d played a great game. I scored and also three times put team-mates in one-on-ones with Arsenal’s keeper.
“But I could perhaps understand it from a tactical viewpoint. Arsenal’s left-back was continually moving upfield and I’m not the type of player who consistently runs after opponents.”
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