Wenger: What the referees have told me
As expected, the referee’s decision to award Tottenham Hotspur a penalty kick on Sunday did not sit too well with Arsene Wenger.
The much-anticipated clash between Arsenal and their fierce rivals ended in a 1-1 which saw Spurs come from behind to snatch a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Wenger’s men were enjoying a 1-0 lead in the derby until a tackle from Laurent Koscielny was deemed as a foul by the referee only six minutes into the second-half.
The decision from Mark Clattenburg was an unpopular call for much of the Emirates stadium crowd and the Arsenal manager as well.
According to Wenger, the feedback he got from match officials after the game was that it was not a stone-wall penalty to give.
“Yes. We were a bit unlucky with the penalty decision. I think the penalty was harsh. It didn’t look dangerous to score, it didn’t look a deliberate foul.” Wenger said in his post-match interview
“After, even speaking to some referees they say you can give it, you can not give it, so personally, being manager of Arsenal Football Club, I prefer not to give it.”