Wenger bats away Sp*rs offside complaints


Arsene Wenger has dismissed Tottenham’s complaints that Arsenal’s goals yesterday were offside.

The 2-0 win at the Emirates put the old enemy back in their box, and afterwards manager Mauricio Pochettino grumbled about marginal decisions, and even suggested that Granit Xhaka could have been sent off.

As you would expect, there wasn’t much sympathy from his opposite number who has felt aggrieved by officiating a number of times this season.

“Last week we conceded a goal that was not marginally offside, that was a yard offside and that nobody found a word to say,” said Wenger.

“I watched the one again and I’m not sure it was offside and it was a foul, so suddenly when we concede the goals it’s absolutely normal, and when we are a yard offside maybe you have to answer that in a press conference.”

And on the performance itself, one of the best of the season so far, he continued, “I think we played with purpose, good concentration, the desire to always be efficient and with great solidarity.

“From the first to last minute the quality of our concentration was very high, we never had a minute where we felt that we dropped a little bit of our focus. Overall it was a very intense game when you look at the physical performance of the two teams.

“It’s absolutely through the roof, so that means the with the distances the players produced, it was an immense performance on both sides.”

For more on the game – check out today’s Arseblog: Brilliant back three provide platform for delicious victory

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