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Arsene Wenger: Poor officiating cost us

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger was pointed to poor officiating when he was asked about their loss to Bayern Munchen in the Round of 16 of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

The Gunners lost 5-1 in the first leg and were eager to overturn the first leg deficit when Theo Walcott put them ahead in the 20th minute with a strike that beat Manuel Neuer in post for the Bavarians at a tightest angle.

Bayern responded after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Robert Lewandowski in the box leading to the Arsenal defender being sent of. The Polish converted the penalty to send the game level. Bayern took the lead after a bizzare kick from Arsenal goalkeeper, David Ospina fell to Arjen Robben and after some poor defending, the Dutch slotted in the 2nd and Bayern 7th on aggregate. Goals from substitute Douglas Costa and a brace from Chilean Arturo Vidal ensured Bayern replicated the same scoreline they gave the Gunners at the Allianz Arena three weeks ago.

In the wake of losing 10-2 on aggregate, the Gunners’ manager said;

“We put Bayern under pressure and were unlucky because it was a 100 per cent penalty at 1-0 in the first half against Walcott.”

“In the second half, the referee killed the game. After that, it was very different, but the referee I think was very powerful for Bayern tonight.

“Lewandowski, it was not only not a penalty, he was offside and on top of that he gives us a red card. That killed us completely.

“Overall, I must say that Bayern are a good side but today they must also say thank you to the decisions of the referee in the second half.

“I am angry and frustrated and at the moment, because we are in a difficult period, even more so.

“It’s absolutely unexplainable and scandalous what happened really – that the guy behind the line gives the penalty and on top of that the red card after he had given the yellow.

“We have to take it on the chin and I have to stand up. I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn’t change my mind. In the game, you have to deal with these situations but it doesn’t make them right.

“I felt that we played very well and the referee has let us down. It was more the decisions of the referee that killed the game.

“It’s irresponsible from the referee. At the end of the day, that is the reason for tonight’s result.”

The humiliating defeat is the biggest Arsenal has suffered at the Emirates and the only English club to have suffered such defeat so far on aggregate.

The loss means Arsenal fails to qualify to the quarter finals of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE for the seventh consecutive time dating back to 2011.

Arsenal returns home to face Lincoln City in the English FA Cup on Saturday.

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