Arsenal manager criticises referee after Manchester City 6-3 win
An amazing game at the Etihad Stadium saw Manchester City close the gap on Arsenal to three points after claiming a 6-3 winning scoreline.
December 14th, 2013
Manuel Pellegrini’s team came into this match boasting a 100% record at the Etihad Stadium and they were swiftly into their stride thanks to Sergio Aguero’s opener, while Alvaro Negredo put City back ahead after Theo Walcott had equalised for the Gunners.
However, it was in the second half where both teams went gung ho, with Fernandinho scoring twice for the home side, while Walcott also added his name to the scoresheet again after a spectacular finish.
Arsene Wenger was far from impressed by the refereeing in the match and felt that his team were denied a stonewall penalty, while substitute Nicklas Bendtner appeared to be onside when scoring late in the game despite having his effort chalked off.
“The referee had a bad game,” the Arsenal manager said. “We did not quite have that freshness you expect to see.
“I do not want to look for excuses after a defeat like that; we made too many mistakes running after the score and should not have conceded six goals, but the game on Wednesday did not help. The situation was not ideal, but what hurts me most is that we missed the chance to go nine points ahead of City.
“They were not unbeatable. They are one of the teams with a chance, of course, but I would not say they are the best team we have played this season. Everton were as good as Man City, and so were Southampton.”
It appears that Jack Wilshere will pick up a one-game ban for making an offensive gesture to the Manchester City fans, with Luis Suarez having picked up a one-match ban for something similar in December 2011.