Arsene Wenger says that his team allowed Man City back into the game today, but complained that both goals conceded were offside.
Leroy Sane was definitely as offside as Monreal was in the build-up to a move which saw Alex Iwobi put the ball in the net – which would have made it 2-0 just before half-time, while David Silva was yards in an offside position and made a move towards the ball as Raheem Sterling banged home the winner.
It left the Arsenal manager aggrieved, but there’s almost assuredly a measure of deflection here from Wenger, as he tries to come to terms with a terrible performance from his men today.
“We dropped a bit physically in the second half and maybe mentally as well when they equalised,” he said.
“After that we tried to come back in the last 20 minutes. We were a bit unlucky on one or two occasions but they killed the game well.
“On top of all of that we conceded two offside goals, what is very difficult to accept in a game of that stature. But as it is well-known, the referees are protected very well, and that is right, like the lions in the zoo.
“We have to live with those decisions. I want them to be very well protected, I want them to be safe.
“But if they could make the right decisions that would be even better. Safe and good decisions, even better. I do not want to make the referees the subject of the press conference.
“I just feel it’s right that they are safe and protected but if on top of that they make the good decisions, even better.
“It’s difficult to lose a game of that stature on two offside goals and I can understand City are very happy, I would be as well, but I think the goals are offside.”
As it stands, we think the two goals were offside, but that’s no excuse for how poor we were today. It’s going to give the manager something to think about ahead of the next game, against West Brom on December 26th.
Also, imagine all the lion gags we could make it City still played at Mane Road.