Wenger unhappy with lack of Wilshere protection

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Arsene Wenger has expressed his unhappiness with the refereeing of today’s 1-0 win over Sunderland, suggesting that his players don’t get the same treatment as the opposition.

Arsenal’s players were subjected to a series of cynical fouls from Martin O’Neill’s team, with one seeing Jack Wilshere having to be substituted, early in the second half.

When asked if he was happy with the officiating by Anthony Taylor, Wenger said, “No, I wasn’t, especially on Jack. I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn’t get the free-kick he deserved.

“The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack. I want just the referee to give a foul when it’s a foul. I don’t want any special protection.

“The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it’s a foul.”

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