English Premiership

Wenger rages at referee

2012-01-03 07:01
Arsene Wenger (AFP)

London - Arsene Wenger blamed referee Lee Probert following Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 defeat at Fulham and claimed his team have been unfairly denied penalties in four of their last five Premier League games.

The Frenchman believed his side should have been awarded spot-kicks against Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR, and then early in the loss at Craven Cottage on Monday when Gervinho appeared to be caught by former Gunners defender Philippe Senderos.

Arsenal took the lead through Laurent Koscielny but were forced to play the closing stages with 10 men after Johan Djourou’s dismissal, with Fulham taking advantage through goals from Steve Sidwell, a former Gunners midfielder, and Bobby Zamora in the final five minutes.

"The referee influenced the game completely the wrong way in my opinion," said Wenger after a defeat which, combined with Chelsea's 2-1 win at Wolves also on Monday, dropped his side into fifth place in the table.

"We cannot influence that," added Wenger, whose remarks about Probert could land him in disciplinary trouble with the Football Association.

"We had a good first half. In the second half, we were more tired and in the last 10 minutes we lost the game because we were down to 10 men."

Arsenal could have secured the points well before the late drama if Probert had awarded a penalty for Senderos's trip on Gervinho in the 13th minute.

"I am surprised," Wenger said. "You want the right decision."

He added: "We had a penalty in the last game (against QPR), a clear handball. We had a penalty at Man City, we had a penalty at Villa Park.

"You should not ask me. I don't know."

Swiss defender Djourou's first booking was for a slide on Mousa Dembele and his second, which led to an automatic dismissal, came when he fouled Zamora.

"The first yellow card was not a yellow card, the second yellow card was a foul for us," Wenger said.

"It was 100 percent a penalty for us in the first-half.

"It was bad for us, the fact we didn't take our chances in the first-half and it made the difference," added Wenger in a rare admission Arsenal had contributed to their defeat before saying Fulham had conspired to get Djourou dismissed.

"When Djourou got the first yellow, every time they went down to get him the second yellow and he did nothing at all.

"I saw it coming because when (Karim) Frei came on, the game was all (about) look for the second yellow card for Djourou and in the end, he got it."

Djourou's suspension gives Wenger another headache as Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Thomas Vermaelen are all injured, leaving Arsenal short of full-backs.

"He has done well, we are short, we have lost three left-backs and two right-backs. What can you do? You cannot buy 10 full-backs," Wenger said.

Zamora's goal came after he'd struggled with injuries and amidst reports of a decline in his relationship with Fulham manager Martin Jol.

But Jol said: "He was injured. He had problems with his Achilles and ankle."

And Zamora played down talk of a rift, saying: "A lot of it has been blown well out of proportion. I’m looking forward to playing, doing well and hopefully scoring a few goals."

On whether he will stay at the club, the England striker added: "I think so, I have a few years on my contract yet."

Read more on:    epl  |  arsene wenger
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Fixtures
10 September 2016
Manchester United v Manchester City, Old Trafford 13:30
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:00
West Ham United v Watford, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace, Riverside Stadium 16:00
Burnley v Hull City, Turf Moor 16:00
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Liverpool v Leicester City, Anfield 18:30
11 September 2016
Swansea City v Chelsea, Liberty Stadium 17:00
12 September 2016
Sunderland v Everton, Stadium of Light 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.