Ronald Koeman mocks Arsene Wenger over Everton defeat


A glance at Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Everton will have told you he wasn’t best pleased.

The Gunners boss was left furious with referee Mark Clattenburg for awarding the Toffees a corner with just a few minutes to go, even though the ball clearly came off Dominic Calvert-Lewin, not Laurent Koscielny.

Clattenburg must have hoped nothing came from the incident, but as luck would have it, it led to Ashley Williams’ winner.

And if Wenger wasn’t already at breaking point, Alexis Sanchez was then denied a penalty in stoppage time.

Of course, Wenger is no stranger to blaming referees, and this appears to have irked his opposite number Ronald Koeman.


Koeman would no doubt like to take credit for masterminding the win having been under pressure of late, so he wasn’t about to let the result be attributed to Clattenburg’s mistakes.

“It was no corner,” Wenger had told reporters.

“You see it from outside that it was no corner, but I think we had to live with a wrong decision and it doesn’t explain why we do not take the ball after.

“I’m really disappointed because Clattenburg was in a very good position to see that they headed the ball out and it’s not the first time we are unlucky with his decision this season.”


Koeman’s response was quite brilliant, even if it’s likely to sour relations between the two managers.

“I’m not surprised about Wenger’s comments because it’s the third time in a row that I won as a manager at home against Arsenal and three times in a row it was about the referee,” the Everton chief told his own press conference.

“Okay, sorry Arsenal, we won through the referee of tonight – sorry.”

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