Wenger: Refs 'Unexplainable and Scandalous' Decisions Reason for Arsenal Defeat


Arsene Wenger wasted no time in his post match interview with BT Sport to blast referee Tasos Sidiropoulos and place some of the blame on him for Arsenal's 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and exit from the Champions League.

"I feel we produced the game we wanted and we are really unlucky tonight with some decisions of the referee," Wenger said.

"It's just not serious," Wenger said of the ref's decisions. "When you see the importance of the games and you see an attitude like that, I am absolutely revolted and sorry for people who come and pay a lot of money to watch this kind of game."

In his full post match press conference, Wenger continued his critique of Sidiropoulos' decisions.

“We produced a performance with the spirit and pride we wanted,” Wenger said. “After that the story finishes badly. We were really unlucky because it was a 100 percent [a] penalty at 1-0 in the first half on Walcott. In the second half, the ref killed the game. He was very, very powerful for Bayern. Lewandowski was offside and it was not a penalty and, on top of that, he gives us a red card that kills us completely."

“Bayern are a good side but they can say thank you to the referee for the decisions in the second half," Wenger said. "It leaves me very angry and frustrated. Even more so because we are in a difficult period. It is absolutely unexplainable and scandalous."

"I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn’t change my mind. It doesn’t make them right. The players have not let me down. The referee has let us down," the 67-year-old manager said.

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