After cruising at 4-0, the Gunners somehow failed to secure all three points against Newcastle as the Magpies drew level in dramatic fashion late in the second-half.
But the fight back from Pardew’s men did not happen without several decisive referee decisions as Arsenal were reduced to ten men through Diaby’s sending off before Joey Barton took full advantage of two penalty-kicks the home side were awarded.
Thus, Wenger was short of any words of pleasure after the final whistle.
“It was a good game with a lot of incidents and turning points, [but] the sending off was detrimental to us and some of the decisions went against us today. We were under pressure and we had problems to finish in the second half.” Wenger said.
And the Frenchman admits his side began to crumble right when Phil Dowd awarded Newcastle their first penalty-kick with 20 minutes to go.
“It’s unpredictable sometimes, and it became difficult. At 4-1 we panicked a bit. But we were a little bit unlucky too.”
Wenger is remaining upbeat though as Arsenal remain unbeaten in 2011 despite today’s staggering turn of fortunes.
“You have to take it on the chin and look at the positives. I didn’t see the sending off very well. But Barton should have been sent off too. We dropped two points, for sure.”