Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mathieu Flamini was taken off with a groin problem and says that he doesn’t yet know how long he’s going to be without the combative Frenchman.
Flamini was replaced in the 8th minute by Serge Gnabry, who won a penalty and was then substituted himself after Mikel Arteta’s red card.
Speaking about the decision to send the Spaniard off when replays showed it was clearly Chamakh who initiated the contact, the Arsenal manager said, “I believe it was the wrong decision. It was very far from goal, he was not the last man. I think he got that wrong.”
Wenger was also critical of the pitch at Selhurst Park, believing it was set up to prevent his team passing the ball as well as they like.
“I will soon have a pitch with long grass,” he said, “to practice for when we play away from home.”
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