Referees Are Protected Like Lions In The Zoo - Arsene Wenger Spit FireThe angry side of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger was witnessed yesterday after his side’s 2-1 loss to title rivals Manchester City in the Super Sunday Premier League clash, claiming the referees are protected “like lions in the zoo”.
The Frenchman was also no too pleased with the officials after Everton won a late corner that resulted in Ashley Williams’ winner at Goodison Park midweek, and his mood worsened on Sunday as he feels both Manchester City goals should have been disallowed for offside, Goal writes.
The Frenchman had choice words for referee Martin Atkinson and his assistants for failing to spot what he thought were offside infringements from Leroy Sane – for City’s equaliser – and David Silva, who obstructed goalkeeper Petr Cech for Raheem Sterling’s winner.
“They [City] slow down, they went down [in tempo] and it was difficult to create a flow. And on top of all of that, we conceded two offside goals, which is difficult to accept in a game of that stature,” he said.
“But, as it is well known, the referees are protected very well, like the lions in the zoo. So we have to live with those decisions.
“I want them to be very well protected and to be safe, but safe and a good decision is even better. But I don’t want to make the referees the subject of a press conference.
“City look very happy. I would be as well.”
Wenger also couldn’t understand why Cech opted to race from his goal to take a short free-kick with Mesut Ozil in stoppage time.
“I was upset because I don’t see, with 20 seconds to go, why you play a short free-kick when you could put it in the box,” he went on.
“The referee took the advantage of stopping the game on the first short pass but he would have let the ball be played in the box. So why should we take a risk there? We know the referee takes advantage of that.”
The defeat leaves Arsenal nine points off pacesetters Chelsea as the wait to end their title drought continues.