Gunners boss takes pot shots at referee

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, right, fouls Bayern's Robert Lewandowski to concede a penalty. Arsene Wenger said the referee got this wrong.
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, right, fouls Bayern's Robert Lewandowski to concede a penalty. Arsene Wenger said the referee got this wrong. Frank Augstein

ARSENE Wenger has delivered an incredible full-time rant after the referee made a game-changing decision to send off defender Laurent Koscielny and award Bayern Munich a penalty in the 53rd minute of their Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

That decision, with the referee initially opting to show a yellow card before changing his mind to produce a red card, led to Arsenal's humiliation - going on to cop a further four goals in the final 25 minutes to lose 5-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate.

And Wenger was apoplectic at sending off, labelling it a "farce" and "disrespectful" to his club.

Wenger also labelled Robert Lewandowski's fall in the box for the penalty a "dive" and lamented not being given a "100%" penalty for a foul on Theo Walcott in the first half.

"He changed the game," Wenger said post-game.

"He made a very, very strong decision in the game and influenced it too much because he turned the [Walcott] penalty down which was 100%.

"And then he gives a penalty that wasn't a penalty because Lewandowski was offside and then he gives a red card which kills us completely.

"I think it's irresponsible and impossible to take.

"I have to stand up for that because I do it and I have no choice. I would say as well that my team produced a display I wanted but after [the red card] it became very difficult.

"We had to score four goals to at least equalise while down to 10-men. It was a farce. It was disrespectful to the club what the referee did."

Wenger continued: "It's not even a penalty, he dived. But we have to deal with that and stand up to say it's terrible.

"We want to make part of it the fact we played very well in the first half and to start the second half we came back strong and after the referee made the difference.

"My future is not at stake here.

"What is important is these kind of games.

"We want to win and we want the fans to be happy with the performance even if we don't qualify and tonight the referee didn't even give us that right to feel we can go home and be proud of our performance because he killed the game."

In the other Champions League clash, Real Madrid won 3-1 at Napoli to go through 6-2 on aggregate.

Topics:  arsenal arsene wenger bayern munich champions league

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