"But I will say this: I know Shawcross. I signed him as a 19 year-old and there's no bad blood in him and there's no way in a million years he would go out to try and hurt him.
"My condolences and the condolences of everyone else at the football club go to Aaron. Our best wishes go to him for a speedy recovery, especially as a fellow Welshman.
"He's got the world at his feet and it's disappointing this has happened.
"Ryan came off the pitch broken-hearted, met his mum and they've gone home."
"He cannot comment on my players. He doesn't know what my players are about or made of. There's no way in a million years he would go out to break someone's leg.
"It's a desperately, desperately sad day for Aaron and the effect it has on Arsenal Football Club, but there's no way in a million years he would try to do that. He was crying his eyes out coming off the pitch. He comes from a lovely family and he's a smashing, smashing kid.
"His mum took him straight home and I will ring him tonight."