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Arsenal boss Wenger criticises Wigan timewasting

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Arsene Wenger has criticised Wigan Athletic for the timewasting tactics employed during the relegation strugglers’ 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday evening, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The newspaper adds that Wenger first complained to the fourth official about the actions of Latics goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi after 10 minutes of the match, by which point Wigan were already two goals in front after scoring twice in the first eight minutes. Wenger said: “I told the fourth official, '[Al-Habsi] will do it all game, because he did it after 10 minutes, and with three minutes to go, he will get a yellow card'. That is exactly what happened.” Al-Habsi was booked for timewasting in the second of five minutes of injury time.

Wenger, who also congratulated Wigan for their victory, claimed he did not want to use timewasting as an excuse for why his side lost for only the fifth time since the turn of the year. Franco di Santo and Jordi Gomez put Wigan in front in the early going but while Thomas Vermaelen pulled a goal back before half-time, a resolute defensive effort from Wigan and some stunning saves by Al-Habsi meant the three points returned to the DW Stadium.

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By Hans on 17 April 2012 at 15:23

Do understand him. Even the referee stopped the match in added time to give the keeper a yellow. Just what he was looking for. He should have been given card in first half. Timewasting is more than just timewasting. It is actually stopping the flow or rythm of the opposite team.

By steve heaton on 17 April 2012 at 13:56

ARSENAL 1--2 WIGAN ATHLETIC HA HA HA HA HA HA .........RVP visited the barcelona hotel after losing to wigan now thats what I call loyalty no doubt he is trying once again to get a move to a club that knows how to win trophies why stick with whinger I know an excellent young manager he was on the oppositions side last night and he would do a far better job than whinger at arsenal, Spurs will beat you to 3rd place from a very proud Wigan fan.

By steve heaton on 17 April 2012 at 13:42

Typical moaning arsene whinger you lot are an insult to the premier league you thought it would be an easy game but wigan shocked you lot fine style. You have no class no decent players and as for RVP he wasnt even man enough to shake Caldwells hand at the end..............the big soft southern jessie you are a bunch of overpaid southern pufters I hope spurs beat you to 3rd place as well.

By kx on 17 April 2012 at 13:17

As usual he is moaning instead of strengthening the squad. Arsen wenger made us hate Arsenal I am sick and tired of this guy....he should go





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