The Gunners’ banging collapse at the hands of German side Bayern Munich at the Emirates impelled the manager Wenger to discourse the cause as everyone’s fault but his. With fans throwing reproving comments at him on Tuesday, Wenger resorted to blaming the match official Tasos Sidiropoulos, branding his performance as ‘scandalous’ after the team’s disgraced 1-5 loss by Bayern Munich.
“I think it was unexplainable, it’s scandalous. Bayern are a good side but tonight they can say thanks to the referee.” Wenger said.
“We were unlucky tonight at 1-0 in the first half with a definite penalty on Walcott and in the second half, the referee killed the game. After that, it was very difficult.”
The manager flaunted his belief in consistency of his work and that of his players.
“I felt that we produced a performance with spirit and pride that we wanted and after that, the story finished badly,”
“The players did not let me down, the referee let us down,”
Sidiropoulos denied penalty for the Theo Walcott shortly after he fired the squad’s first and last goal.
“The referee was very powerful tonight. Not only was it not a penalty but (Lewandowski) was also offside. On top of that, he gives us a red card that killed us completely.”
A series of under-performances by the team caused it to slip off an appreciable fourth from the table. Infuriated fans flashed up placards of “Stubborn, Stale, Clueless” for the 67-year-old whose contract with the team is expiring this season after twenty-one years of his company with it.
“We were in an impossible situation at 1-1 with 10 men, to have to score four goals against a team with their quality. We had to try but knew we would be hit on the counter-attack. If we didn’t go forward people would ask why.” the Frenchman added.
“The final 20 minutes was difficult. We had no hope and Bayern can bring fresh players on.”
But, this time too, as before, Wenger has found Spanish defender Hector Bellerin crying to back him. And he adheres to the idea of the manager’s stay even after the end of the tenure.
“He’s played a big part in making me the player that I am, and there are loads of players in the dressing room who will be in the same position as me. We all back him and of course, we want him to stay.”
“Of course.(I want Wenger to continue). It’s as simple as that, especially for me. He’s the one who gave me my chance since day one,” Bellerin said on Arsenal’s website.