Arsène Wenger’s referee paranoia

There was a classic Arsène Wenger moment on Wednesday as he walked towards the exit door of the media auditorium at the Emirates Stadium. It was put to the Arsenal manager that Jack Wilshere might have been sent off for a second bookable offence during the helter-skelter 2-2 draw with Chelsea – a dive following a challenge from Andreas Christensen. Adidas Premier T.J. Tynan Gray Home Youth NHL Jersey: #68 Vegas Golden Knights“That would have made you happy,” Wenger countered. “Seriously, Arsène,” the journalist said. “What did you make of it? Did you see the incident?” “Honestly, no,” replied, before taking his leave. Wenger had a clear view of what he wanted to see, which was the decision of the Anthony Taylor to award a penalty against Héctor Bellerín for catching Eden Hazard. The Chelsea forward would convert the kick for 1-1, which was the signal for Arsenal, in Wenger’s words, to feel“mentally shot” and concede again to Marcos Alonso. Bellerín would bail them out with a stoppage-time equaliser. Wenger also saw something deeper and more sinister – the latest evidence that Arsenal are persecuted by officials. He had run through the charge sheet on Tuesday, taking in the bad decisions his team suffered at Stoke City, Watford and Manchester City before the coup de grace – the last-minute penalty award for West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday, which in effect cost Arsenal two points. They are five points behind the teams in Champions League places. That one was a shocker from Mike Dean, with even the Albion manager, Alan Pardew, admitting he “would have been very upset if it was given against me”. The Arsenal defender Calum Chambers simply could not get his hand out of the way after Kieran Gibbs had hit the ball at it from close range. Wenger faces a touchline or stadium ban for his furious post-match confrontation with Dean in the referees’ room, while the Football Association have asked him to explain some of his juiciest media comments. They include the line from Tuesday about how Dean “saw what he wanted to see” when giving the penalty – in other words, he wanted to see the penalty, even though it was not there. That is a serious accusation but Wenger matched it after the Chelsea game when he suggested he knew his team would be on the wrong end of a bad decision – or, to use his word, a “farcical” one. Never mind that, on this Budda Baker Authentic Jerseyoccasion, Taylor’s call was correct. Bellerín clearly kicked Hazard’s foot. “We got again a Charles Leno Jersey farcical decision on a penalty, but we knew that as well before,” Wenger said. “So we have to deal with that.” In another post-match interview, with the BBC, Wenger said: “Once again, we got a very bad decision against us. We have to account in our preparations for that’s what we have to face.”
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