Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger have been known to have a bit of a moan about the poor decisions by the match officials that go against us. And there are plenty of examples of that. I understand that smaller clubs feel that the bigger clubs get an unfair advantage from the referees and to be fair, it often looks like they are right.
But I don’t think that Arsenal get the same `generous decisions` that we have seen given to Chelsea, Man United and now Man City in recent years. I may be a touch biased of course. But maybe it is because Wenger may complain and point out the bad decisions but he does not go off on one and claim some sort of evil underhand conspiracy is being waged against the Gunners.
Maybe he should, because the recent rant from Jose Mourinho seems to have achieved just what he wanted, as a Daily Mail report reveals. Not only did the specialist in hypocrisy get an apology from the referee Anthony Taylor, for booking Fabregas for diving when replays show there was contact, Maureen has now made this an issue that is being talked about all over the football media.
So the next time one of his team of foulers, cheats and divers does something, the ref is going to have this conspiracy idea in the back of his head and it just might influence the decision. Fergie did exactly the same and the way that refs were afraid to give penalties against Man United and the extra time he got when necessary was plain for all to see and wrecked the fairness of the game.
But if you can’t beat them em, join em. So Wenger should be writing to the FA demanding an apology for all the poor decisions that Arsenal have been on the end of. Maybe he should start with the penalty we were denied at Stamford Bridge for the Fabregas handball, or the two footed lunge by Cahill on Alexis in the same game. Or maybe last season when Walcott was fouled in the box but we did not get the penalty that would have given Wenger his first win over the Chelsea boss. Maybe the Ramires foul and then dive. Maybe the Rooney dive that halted our invincible run. The list is long.
Keep watching Arsenal fans, and see what happens the next time one of Mourinho’s little angels does something wrong…. Should Wenger start kicking off as well?