Wenger on Mike Dean: He saw what he wanted to see


As you would expect at his press conference this morning, Arsene Wenger was asked about the penalty decision that went a long way to costing his team two points in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday evening.

The Arsenal manager once again spoke about the quality of refereeing, and suggested that too many decisions had gone against his team in games this season.

He also accused Mike Dean of manufacturing his justification for the penalty, saying that the referee’s signal that Calum Chambers hands had gone towards the ball were not backed up by what actually took place.

“It was very disappointing, in the way it happened,” he said, before hinting at a wider conspiracy.

“I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season.

“It was at Stoke, at Watford, at Man City, at West Brom, and that is a concerning coincidence for me.

“That’s why I was not happy at all with the movement that the referee made to show why he gave the penalty because that did not correspond at all with what happened.

“On that front it’s a bit worrying.”

Asked if he’d had any explanation from Dean, Wenger continued, “No. He saw what he wanted to see.

“We have to deal with that. We have to put it behind us, not dwell on it, and focus on our next game.

“We have a convincing result at Crystal Palace, we would have won this game as well [West Brom] so let’s focus on how we can play and win the games.”

For more on Mike Dean and Arsenal, check out this By the numbers article.

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