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Wenger upset with ref again (AUDIO)

Wenger upset with ref again (AUDIO)

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It was a matter of all or nothing for Arsenal at Old Trafford - win and their fading title hopes were back on track whilst defeat meant they were out of it, all bar mathematically, with the top two in such fine form.

Arsene Wenger's criticism of officials has been well documented this week - the Gunners boss insisted in his post-match interview at Old Trafford that his side 'are not stupid' after being handed documents regarding referees back in March.

However it was his team which benefitted from both referee & linesman as Emmanuel Adebayor ended his two month Premier League goal drought when his 'header' appeared to go in off his left hand, just 3 minutes into the second half. Some might say Wenger is hypocritical for his after match comments, yet others would argue that for once theirluck was deserved after a frustrating few matches. Regardless, Arsenal were back in the title hunt, but the roar greeting their goal was probably loudest on the King's Road. Chelsea, sitting in second, saw this as their opportunity. Victory for Arsenal and the path of title was in the Blues' hands with Fergie's men still to visit Stamford Bridge.

However, as in midweek, an Adebayor goal was cancelled out within a few minutes by a penalty. Unlike Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek, this was a more clear cut decision for referee Harold Webb with William Gallas handballing in the box. Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty, at the second time of asking, found the corner beyond the outstretched hand of the returning Jens Lehmann.

Despite this Arsenal continued to press forward. Truth be known they could and maybe should have extended their lead prior to United's equaliser when Rio Ferdinand seemed to have deflected the ball into his own net. Alas, Edwin Van Der Sar pulled off the first of his two great saves of the day from his own defence, the other just tipping on to the post when Wes Brown deflected a cross from the superb Gael Clichy with the scores tied.

And with 20 minutes remaining, Arsenal found themselves behind. A dubious free-kick decision after a foul by Gilberto on Patrice Evra, it was England midfielder Owen Hargreaves scoring only his second for the club with inch perfect accuracy which left Lehmann stranded.

It was a scene all too reminiscent of the Gunners' recent loss to Chelsea three weeks ago. Taking the lead early in the second half and yet still managing to lose, coupled with Tuesday's 4-2 defeat at Liverpool after grabbing the early advantage.

But Wenger revealed he was in fact proud of his team, who have achieved an 'outstanding' feat this season with their performances. All this praise, albeit with just 2 wins in their last 13 matches in all competitions.

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Date:Monday April 14 2008
Time: 1:12AM


This statement is based on the culmination of the last few weeks. Its hard to take no being able to get a call and it has cost us the PL and a chance for the CL title, its really hard to swallow. now that the season is over i feel so very sad to see that we were in such a great position and the calls just went the opposite way, damn! Keep ur head up Wenger! u know what needs to be done and there is no one better to do it, Though today we were beat fair and square. Only if Ade and our defense had just a little more composure we would be in a great position inspite of the bad calls. NEXT YEAR WE WILL DO IT!!! GOD BLESS!
14/04/2008 01:49:00
He needs to stop bleeting on and on about supposedly biased bad decisions against your lot. You lost the game. Not coz of the ref. But because of all the chances you created there was no end product, goals in other words. You seem to have forgotten what wins matches. Play well yes, but play to win, not just to maintain the moral highground. I'm quite surprised that we're probably gonna finish above you after our shannanigans this season, but that's testicular fortitude for you. One team in London!
14/04/2008 01:56:00
pardon my ignorance for asking, this piece written by a gunner? It's really uncalled for if so, such sarcasms are already aplenty every angle you turn in the media, the last thing we need is for we ourselves to rub it in. Yes, it was a definite penalty while the freekick was a slight 50-50 and sometimes teams get away with it but with the strings of dubious decisions and bad luck we have been enduring for the past months, plus the fact that (imho) we were the better team for about 70% of the game and yet finished on the losing end, it is not difficult to imagine the frustration AW and the lads felt. Deep down I believe AW knew that this time we were beaten fair and square, if we can't capitalise on the numerous chances we had for all our dominance and kept conceding silly penalties and goals, and when Lady Luck had long deserted us, we will not win. Perhaps it was a way AW tried to deflect away the pain inflicted on many of our young lads, perhaps he truly believe the ref got it wrong...but surely we dont need a fellow gunner to rub salt into wounds. AW made the call and he knows he will be held fully responsible, except Theo not starting ahead of Eboue I thought his selection and tactic was right. We just lack that little extra on the pitch to win games
14/04/2008 02:19:00
the one thing I strongly disagreed with AW was his decision to leave theo out of last night's game. Unless it was due to reason such as Theo current match fitness could only last him for half an hour, i feel AW got it wrong to stick with Eboue
14/04/2008 02:24:00
STOP WINGING, You blew it 1-0 up three times against the big 3, and you f 11 cked it up. No more big 4. It's the big 3 now. Inter-toto looks like a good move now.
14/04/2008 03:20:00
AW needs to stop complaining about the refs. We have had our share of bad luck especially in the Pool games but come on, Ade's goal today could easily have been ruled out and it was a blantant pen and freekick for the Utd goals. Lets move on and look at the straight facts. We should have scored more than one. Ade's shooting was terrible today and really we lack penetration. Simple plain and straight forward.
14/04/2008 03:21:00
Temasek im sure it was written by a gooner, does the truth hurt? "Wenger upset by ref again" the title says it all lol id be embarrassed by your manager hes a great coach and has been very good for you guys but hes lost the plot.
14/04/2008 08:39:00
Two factors have prevented us from taking the title this season. Poor decisions against us is one of them but our lack of maturity at key points is the main reason. Had we been a bit more fortunate with some decisions we might have got away with the lack of maturity but then again had we been that bit more mature the decisions might not have mattered quite so much. I don't think there was too much wrong with any of the decisions yesterday. None of the ManU players claimed Ades goal wasn't valid and if they didn't see anything wrong with it why would anyone else have done? Why should Wenger be the only one to take the flak for criticising refs? - a few weeks back Fergie tore the whole refereeing structure apart! Incompetent refereeing has been a feature of this season right from Styles mythical penalty for Chelsea against Liverpool. It matters and is an issue that should be taken more seriously than it is.
14/04/2008 09:10:00
Adebayor didn't score with his hand, or i'm blind?????? Arsene Wenger is typical French (i'm french, i know), never happy, but never his fault. It was a Penalty, and it was a free-kick as well, but Arsenal's Goal normally wasn't...... So.
14/04/2008 09:13:00
Wenger has no reason to complain about the ref for the ManU game. I suppose its a culmination of various games. In any case, I think the point about poor ref decisions has been made, and its time for Wenger to move on.
14/04/2008 10:06:00
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