Arsenal boss Wenger criticises Wigan timewasting

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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