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manager Arsene Wenger suggested referees were over-protected after
complaining "two offside goals" had accounted for his team in Sunday's
2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City.
Theo Walcott gave
Arsenal a fifth-minute lead, but Leroy Sane equalised early in the
second half, getting the benefit of the doubt in a tight offside call to
run in and score from David Silva's pass.
Raheem Sterling struck a
71st-minute winner, but Wenger felt Silva's attempt to play the ball in
front of goalkeeper Petr Cech should have seen the goal ruled out.
conceded two offside goals, which is very difficult to accept in a game
of that stature," Wenger told his post-match press conference.
"As it is well known, the referees are protected very well, that is right, like the lions in the zoo.
we have to live with those decisions. I want them to be safe. If they
could make the right decision, it would be even better."
defeat was the second game in succession they had gone ahead, only to
lose 2-1, having fallen to defeat in similar circumstances at Everton on
On that occasion, Wenger protested that Ashley
Williams's headed 86th-minute winner had stemmed from an erroneously
The result saw City leapfrog Arsenal into second place, leaving them seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
won 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago, but City manager Pep
Guardiola felt there was not much difference between that display and
his side's performance against Arsenal.
"Arsenal were lucky in the first half," Guardiola told the BBC.
was a Premier League game and a good game for everybody. It was similar
to the game against Chelsea. Then we played well and lost and today we
"The guys give everything in every game. I'm happy to be City coach. In terms of spirit, it's always there."
to Arsenal's problems, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced
off by injury in the second half just 13 minutes after coming on as a
replacement for Alex Iwobi.
"It looks a hamstring," Wenger said. "It is a muscular problem."