Wenger ‘revolted’ by referee as Arsenal crash out
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 09 Mar 2017 09:36:46|
ARSENE Wenger blamed Laurent Koscielny’s dismissal for the 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich that condemned Arsenal to a humiliating 10-2 aggregate Champions League defeat.
“We produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky,” Arsenal manager Wenger told BT Sport at the Emirates Stadium. Some of the decisions of the referee were very difficult to understand. Lewandowski’s offside, there’s no penalty.
“On top of that you get the red card. Of course that killed us. After that it was very difficult for us to finish the game.
“It’s difficult to understand what happened. My team has produced a huge effort and played very well.”
Greek referee Tasos Sidiropoulos initially chose to book Koscielny, before showing the French centre-back a red card after consulting with the official behind the goal.
“It’s just not serious,” Wenger said. “When you see the importance of the game and you see an attitude like that. I’m absolutely revolted and sorry for the people who paid a lot of money to watch this game.”
A group of around 200 Arsenal fans marched in protest against Wenger prior to the game and some supporters held up “WENGER OUT” banners at the final whistle.
Asked if the protesting fans reflected the mood at the club, Wenger replied: “No, not at all. I have nothing to add.”
Arsenal’s worst period: Wright ARSENAL great Ian Wright claimed the club were going through the worst period in their recent history after their 10-2 Champions League last 16 humiliation by Bayern Munich.
“It’s a sad day because we’ve gone out again at this stage. We’re going through a period in our history that’s the worst,” Wright, who played under Wenger, said.
“With everything that’s going on, you have to say it will take some sort of monumental effort for Arsenal to turn it around in terms of the drive and determination of the players. It feels like something is coming to an end.”
Wenger, who has been Arsenal manager since 1996, is out of contract at the end of the season and was the target of a protest from around 200 disgruntled fans prior to Tuesday’s game. At the final whistle, some fans held up banners calling for him to leave.
Wenger has said he will make an announcement about his future either this month or next.
“He looks like a lost man,” said Wright. “It just seems to be mounting up. You’ve got the fans, the protests. It’s imploding.”
Wednesday’s British newspaper sports pages put the boot in, with several screaming “WENGER OUT” in a nod both to Arsenal’s elimination and the calls from supporters for him to step down.
‘The Daily Express’ headlined its match report “SHAME AGAIN” and ‘The Times’ said Wenger had hit an “all-time low”.
‘The Daily Telegraph’ said Arsenal had been “humiliated”, with Wenger “urged to quit by fans”, while ‘The Guardian’ said he had been left “staring into the abyss”.
‘The Daily Mirror’ focused on a picture of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez supposedly smirking on the bench after being taken off, beneath the headline: “LAUGHING STOCK”.