Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech both believe the red card issued to Gabriel Paulista changed the outcome of the game yesterday against Chelsea, but neither player went public with any criticism of Mike Dean.
Although Arsene Wenger was strident in his post-match interview about how the official had got it wrong, the players focused instead on what it meant for the team.
“We felt quite comfortable out there,” the Welsh international told the official site. “They haven’t had the best of runs of late and the more the game went on, the more the crowd would have started to turn and moan a bit.
“That set-piece has cost us but we tried our best out there and we paid the price from the sending off in the end.”
While Cech said, “We played really well in the first half and that sending off changed the situation on the pitch.
“It’s up to the referee and his officials to make decisions. I can’t comment on it because I didn’t see the incident or what happened after.
“The important thing is that they had the one-man advantage for the second half and they took advantage of that. This made a big difference in the game, going into half-time at 0-0 and we were playing well in the first half.
“I thought that we were right in the game and we had a chance to win, but going into the second half with only 10 men and finishing with nine men made it hard.”
And Ramsey is looking for the team to turn things around on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
“We wanted to get back to winning ways and have a positive game. We were doing that up until the sending off.
“We have to move on and put things right on Wednesday. It’s not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row.”