Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems to be very frustrated about the fact that he thinks Arsenal is being targeted by the referees who keep disadvantaging them. According to the Frenchman the late few decisions which didn’t go the correct way caused the club’s weak late form.
“I think if one team has been done badly recently it’s Arsenal,” said Wenger, “and I don’t want to speak too much about that.”
But he did:
“We were a bit unlucky with some decisions lately. Against Fulham, against Swansea, because we got the penalty [against us in the Swansea match] and God knows where it came from. It was just a good dive, and I said that after the game.
“It doesn’t mean we had to lose the game but still it was a bit unfortunate for us. At Fulham we got a penalty turned down on Gervinho – it’s the kind of thing that can happen. It went against us in the last two games.
“We want the right decisions to be made. Some people made a study of last season and we were second in the league, considering the decisions of the referees, and yet we finished fourth. It showed we were two points behind the leaders.
“(Robert) Pires once dived against Portsmouth, OK? For six months it was a story in the newspapers. (Swansea’s Nathan) Dyer dived on Sunday and nobody said a word.
“You cannot say it is exactly the same and it doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t matter when Dyer dives, why does it matter when Pires dives?
“Every team could come with complaints. It’s just a fact of the game that it happened in the last two and it’s not an excuse for us to lose the game. it’s just one of the the things that on the day didn’t go well.
“If one day you manage a club or you are a chairman of a club, you would feel exactly the same.”
Arsene might be right to some extent and a few decisions did indeed cause a few problems for him, but what he should really do is stop complaining about the referees and start forcing his team to make performances which can’t be annulled by a bad refereeing decision.