Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his frustration at the match officials following Saturday evening’s 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City, believing his side should have had a penalty and believing Alexandre Lacazette’s goal should not have been chalked off. “I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal,” Wenger said, reports Sky Sports.
The Gunners had a penalty shout in the first-half after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Mame Diouf. However, referee Andre Marriner didn’t give it. Wenger was asked if Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.
He replied: “100 per cent. We know we don’t get penalties. I believe it is the kind of night where you are angry. “Look at the numbers and you will see. We had last year the highest (number of) penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else.”
The next incident was Lacazette’s goal being ruled out for offside. Replays showed the call was incredibly tight but saw a fragment of the striker’s boot being in an offside position when the ball was played. The Arsenal manager was not convinced. When asked if the goal should have stood, Wenger said: “100 per cent. I just watched it and it is not offside at all. Even his foot was not offside.”
Arsenal now have three points from their first two games of the new Premier League season, currently sitting 11th in the table. They next face Liverpool at Anfield, with Arsenal 21/10 to win against the Reds on Sunday afternoon.