Wenger blames referee for Arsenal defeat to Fulham

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that referee Lee Probert cost his side a victory against Fulham yesterday, BBC Sport reports.

The Gunners were ahead with five minutes to go, but two late goals from Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora inflicted defeat. Wenger saw defender Johan Djourou sent off for two bookable offences, which will not help his already injury-damaged defence. The Arsenal boss was unhappy with Probert’s decision to dismiss Djourou and also felt his team should have been awarded a penalty in the first half.

Wenger said: ‘The referee influenced the game in completely the wrong way in my opinion. The first yellow card (for Djourou) was not a yellow card. The second was a foul for us. We had a good first half and in the second half, we were tired in the last 10 minutes. We lost the game because we were down to 10 men’.

Fulham were also to blame for Djourou’s dismissal, according to Wenger. The Arsenal manager claimed that all of Martin Jol’s players were trying to get the Swiss defender sent off. Arsenal are now 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.

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