Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal’s failure to win recent games is entirely down to the team and their own performances, but also says that he’d like refs to get more decisions right.
Arsenal have been denied a clutch of penalties over the last few weeks and fell foul of a poor decision last weekend when Nathan Dyer dived to win a spot kick for Swansea.
Laughing off talk of a ‘conspiracy’, the Arsenal manager said, “No, there’s no conspiracy but you want the right decisions to be made. You can still win the game with a bad decision, you are right.
“We had a few things going against us. One of the few things was the decisions of the referee. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we lost the game. We could still have won the game. I would still like the referee to make the right decisions.”
And he also hit out at double-standards in the media. Whatever about the decision being made in real-time, making it more difficult for the referee, every single replay showed that Dyer had dived yet not one media organisation made an issue out of it. The Arsenal manager questioned why it is that some dives are worthy of media coverage and others not.
“If Pires once dived against Portsmouth, OK? For six months it was a story in the newspapers. Dyer dived on Sunday and nobody said a word. You cannot say it is exactly the same and it doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t matter when Dyer dives, why does it matter when Pires dives?”
And he’s right. Either all dives are worthy of hysteria or none are. The Eduardo v Celtic furore was another example of one player being singled out when others get away scot free with their acting.
It remains to be seen Wenger’s comments will have any influence on Mike Dean, a referee under whom Arsenal have not won any of their last 10 games. He tends to give a lot of penalties to Man United, but whatever happens, let’s hope that we’re the masters of our own fortune on Sunday and that we’re not looking to blame the officials for anything.