Arsene Wenger on Diaby’s sending off, Penalty decisions and Arsenal’s title aspirations

Arsenal let slip a four goal lead at St James’ Park after getting reduced to 10 men. In a game which was marred by some ridiculous decisions from the referee, Arsenal were the ones who suffered by dropping points.

Speaking after the match, Wenger explained how going down to 10 men affected the game as the team became defensive which resulted in inviting unneccessary pressure. He also added that Arsenal were very unlucky with some of the decisions.

Newcastle were awarded two soft penalties by the referee which changed the whole game. 

When asked about the penalty decisions, Wenger replied that he was surprised but how as not being the referee his opinion isn’t important as nothing can be changed now.

As for the sending off, Wenger admitted that it was completely unnecessary but also added that Barton was very lucky to stay on the pitch after his tackle on Diaby.

Abou Diaby was sent off for pushing Joey Barton in response to a leg breaking tackle made by Barton on him.

Regarding Arsenal’s title ambitions, Wenger concluded by saying how only the future will tell the effects of this game as psychologically it was very damaging.

Wenger, after the match, said:

“Certainly, more psychologically than on the footballing side. We were worried too much on protecting our lead after that because we were down to ten men. Instead of continuing to play, we invited pressure. Afterwards we were very unlucky with some decisions as well. I cannot do anything about that.

I was surprised by both decisions. But I am not the referee and I don’t think my opinion is very important now because we cannot come back and change it.

[It was a] completely unnecessary sending off and I believe Barton was very lucky to stay on the pitch [because of] his tackle on Diaby.

Mathematically two points, psychologically the damage is bigger tonight because everyone is very disappointed in the dressing room. Only the future will tell.”

6 Responses to Arsene Wenger on Diaby’s sending off, Penalty decisions and Arsenal’s title aspirations

  1. Arsene Wenger on Diaby's sending off, Penalty decisions and ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. yovng says:

    Aw D match was a fixed draw dat is d only reason dat can explain draw believ it or not we al know english wich is d center of business do fix match n aw knows about it dat is aw refuse 2 comment much about it al d drama u witnes in d match is just 2 potrate it as if it was real. if u don’t believ go n look d pool forecast of week

  3. Ugolo Solomon N says:

    In my own opinion, I think Diaby acted very unprofessional and as a result, must be fined @ least 2 weeks wage. On the part of AW, he tactically failed. With a man down, he shouldn’t have removed Arshavin and Walcot as they were the players we had needed for any counter attack. We couldn’t keep possession of the ball, and all AW could do was bring in Rosicky and Eboue who only came to add more pressure on the team. I was very disappointed in our second half performance. overall, we could have been only 2 points behind United.


    I do agree with Ugolo, as a professional, Abou Diaby should have known better. He lost us those two valuable points. The manager should stem the unruly tendency that is creeping into our team. Against Man City, Sagna was sent off for a similar misconduct and today Diaby has left us home and dry. My prayer is that, come the end of the season, the lost of those points will not come to haunt us, as it was in the 2006 game against Birmingham. The punishment for Diaby, should be at least three weeks wages and should be transfer listed come the summer transfer window.

  5. Steve Palmer says:

    It has to be said that football in England has some dark forces behind closed doors, i believe the results are decided before the games are played. Managers that come to the camera after the game, are frightened to say what they honestly think, as the FA are waiting to fine anybody that exposes the truth.
    Why the hell do they ask the managers to talk after a game, when they know they will only say enough without imposing fines.
    We are supposedly the country with the best officials. And yet its blatently obvious that the Officials have their own agenders.
    I suppose thats because of the huge ammounts of Wealth now involved.

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