Arsene Wenger saw his team fight back and come very close to getting the needed 4-0 win over AC Milan last night, but the Arsenal manager is still smarting over the disgusting state of the San Siro pitch during the first leg.
Both wings of the pitch had been dug up and relaid just days before Arsenal were due to play and it made the actual proper playing area available much smaller than Arsenal expected. Wenger believes this contributed to the 4-0 defeat and thinks that the Italian giants should be punished by footballs governing powers.
He said: “It maybe an easy excuse but I feel Uefa has a lot to answer for because when you arrive at 7.46pm you get fined, but you can play on a bad pitch and they don’t say a word. It’s unacceptable from UEFA that they accept pitches like we had in Milan.”
Strangely enough Wenger himself is likely to be punished by UEFA as he ranted at the referee as he was leaving the pitch at the end of last nights game. He said afterwards: “I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free kicks in the middle of the park. Every time Milan’s players went down a free kick was given to them, and they sensed that very quickly and used it very well.”
Other than those problems, Arsenal did very well in the circumstances!