English Premiership

Wenger rues offside call

2015-08-25 09:32
Arsene Wenger (AFP)

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger railed against the decision to disallow a goal by Aaron Ramsey for offside after his side drew 0-0 in a lively home game with Liverpool.

Liverpool largely controlled the first half at the Emirates Stadium, twice hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal thought they had gone ahead when Ramsey finished off a glorious through ball from Santi Cazorla.

However, the goal was ruled out -- incorrectly, as television replays would prove -- and with Liverpool having already benefited from a beneficial offside call in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth last week, Wenger felt that luck had shone on them again.

"It was a regular goal. Even though it was a period of the game where we had the most problems defensively, I can't see why it was cancelled," he said.

"It's clear and on that front, you cannot say that Liverpool can complain in the last week."

Wenger, notoriously myopic when it comes to contentious incidents involving his players, claimed that he could see "live" that Ramsey "could not be offside", but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not dispute the claim.

Asked for his thoughts on the incident, the Northern Irishman smiled and said: "His shirt looked offside."

Having lost 2-0 at home to West Ham United on the opening weekend, Arsenal have now gone two home games without scoring, but Wenger admitted to feeling relieved that none of Liverpool's first-half chances had gone in.

"I believe the West Ham game left a trace in our heads," said the Frenchman, whose side hit the post through Alexis Sanchez in the second half.

"It was important tonight (Monday) not to lose, because you could see that was a shock for us and it was important to get that game out of the system."

No Arsenal player demonstrated that sense of vulnerability more than Calum Chambers, who was pressed into action at centre-back alongside Gabriel after Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were ruled out.

The former Southampton man gave the ball away several times in the first half and Wenger admitted he had been "tempted" to take him off at the interval.

But the Arsenal manager added: "He responded well. He will come out of that stronger."

Mertesacker had been taken ill and Koscielny has sustained what the club described as a "mild" back problem, but Wenger was unable to say how long they were likely to be out for.

That Arsenal were still in the game at half-time was thanks in no small part to goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Pilloried for two errors of judgement on his debut against West Ham, the former Chelsea player pulled off a breath-taking close-range stop to thwart Christian Benteke and touched a drive from Philippe Coutinho onto the post.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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.