Arsene Wenger lays into Premier League referees after City defeat


Arsene Wenger was not a happy man after watching his side surrender the lead to go down 2-1 at Manchester City.

Both of City’s goals were marginally offside, Leroy Sane sneaking off for the first and David Silva being deemed inactive for Raheem Sterling’s winner.

Arsenal haven’t had the rub of the green this week, Everton’s second goal against them also coming from a questionable corner.

It’s easy to see why the Gunners are getting frustrated, but Wenger has a bit of a reputation for crying wolf a little too often.

This time, it was Mark Clattenburg and his assistants who felt the brunt of his wrath, with the Frenchman going on an incredible rant about the officials.

“It is well known, the referees are protected very well, what is right, like the lions in the zoo so we have to live with their decisions,” he told reporters after the game.


“I want them (referees) to be very well protected. I want them to be safe. But if they could make the right decisions it would be even better.”

It remains to be seen whether he’ll be in hot water with the FA, but he’d do well to avoid some kind of punishment after taking such a direct aim.

Arsenal are already nine points behind league-leaders Chelsea and can’t afford any more slip-ups as they prepare for West Brom at home on Boxing Day.

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