Arsenal manager slates Champions League referee after 10-2 drubbing
Arsene Wenger pulls no punches after his side exit the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich
March 8th, 2017
Arsene Wenger is staring into the abyss after his Arsenal team lost 5-1 against Bayern Munich for the second time in the space of a month.
This 10-2 aggregate reverse means that Wenger is facing an increasingly uncertain future at the club, although the Frenchman was at pains to point out that the referee did his side no favours on Tuesday night.
After all, Theo Walcott put Arsenal 1-0 ahead on the night and reduced the arrears to 5-2 on aggregate before the referee saw fit to send off Laurent Koscielny after he grappled with Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area.
The Pole then scored from the spot and it paved the way for a rampant Bayern victory and Wenger was left pointing the finger at the officials.
“We produced a performance with the spirit and pride we wanted,” Wenger said. “After that the story finishes badly. We were really unlucky because it was a 100% penalty at 1-0 in the first half on Walcott. In the second half the ref killed the game. He was very, very powerful for Bayern. Lewandowski was offside and it was not a penalty and, on top of that, he gives us a red card that kills us completely.
“Bayern are a good side but they can say thank you to the referee for the decisions in the second half. It leaves me very angry and frustrated. Even more so because we are in a difficult period. It is absolutely unexplainable and scandalous. I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn’t change my mind. It doesn’t make them right. The players have not let me down. The referee has let us down.”