Conte thinks Wenger should accept the good with the bad in referees decisions – And I agree!

The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to have gone to war with the referees after every single Arsenal game about each and every decision that is given against the Gunners. Some may think it is just a tactic by the Frenchman to deflect any criticism of his players and the Boss has made it clear that he is not interested in talking about the decisions that went in Arsenal’s favour.

When Wenger was complaining about the Hazard penalty (which not even every Arsenal fan thought was unfair) he was also reminded of an incident in which Jack Wilshere was thought to have dived in the same game, but Anthony Taylor decided not to punish. Le Prof said: “Yes, maybe he did but why should that change my opinion on the penalty? It’s got nothing to do with it.

“Every situation is different and has to be assessed by the referee. After that, you have your opinion and I have mine. I’ve been in the game long enough to know that everybody can have a different opinion.”

Has nothing to do with it? If Wilshere had been booked it would have been his second yellow and he wouldn’t have even been on the pitch to score his equalizing goal. How is that irrelevant?

Antonio Conte thinks that if Wenger studied the match carefully he would see that not every decision was given against Arsenal, which is how it should be, but why has Wenger got such a hard-on for the ones that are not in his favour? The Chelsea coach said said: “If Wenger watched the game again he would understand he was lucky in the game with the referee’s decisions,” Conte said.

“I don’t like to speak about the other coach or players. I think there is a form of respect that you must have. When we were 2-1 up and the defender slides before to take the ball, it was a chance to score.

“We must have respect for the referee’s decisions. He has to accept the decision. He’s an old coach with a lot of experience and he’s won a lot. He has to continue what he has done in the past.”

Everyone knows that it is always swings and roundabouts when it comes to refereeing. Nobody is perfect but the man in the middle has to make a quick decision and get the game flowing again. No one will ever be perfect, and no-one will praise the referee when they give a decision in your favour, but we just have to accept whatever and just move on, not talk about one little incident for the next two weeks!

I, for one, am sick of it. Are you?



  1. Yossarian says:

    Yes mate… Totally sick of it!

    I first got into football as a young child watching the Mexico ’86 world cup, where Diego Maradona did his “Hand of god”. Referees are human beings, and so there are always going to be mistakes both in favour and against your team.

    Wenger really needs to stop whinging and just make the team play better. Then you create your own luck and get more of the results that everybody wants. Simple.

  2. lcebox says:

    To be fair we do get a lot of decisions against us that are wrong than we do get that are good Diabys sending off in the 4-4 with newcastle while barton kicked everyone and stayed on Van Persie sending off at Barca then after that so many times the tv showed others doing the same with no card for it and so many more i could be here all night oh one more the L-Pool fa cup final shouldve had least 1 peno but no

    So we do get a raw deal i think and No it hasnt evened it self out yet.

  3. Ken 1945 says:

    Sorry, but am I to understand that not sending Wilshere off meant that Arsene could not have an opinion on the penalty decision? You are talking about two completely different incidents, but somehow manage to link the two in order to have a go at our manager.
    Why do you do this?
    If arsene said nothing about the penalty decisions that would be wrong. I remember a campaign from here or Untold Arsenal where a petition was started and signed by over 20000 gooners demanding that Mike Dean shoulld not referee another game. Some of the comments were stating that if Arsene and the board won’t stand up for the club we will.
    Well, now we have the manager doing just that.
    Why should the referees not be accountable to unacceptable decisions that are clearly wrong?
    We are the only country that does not allow its referees to be accountable and the boast of Mr Reilly that his referees get 96% of decisions correct is completely false.
    Yet the media, the FA and the premier league accept it.
    So, instead of trying to make Arsene’s stand against these decisions an argument against the manager, let’s support him.
    After all, I have not heard anyone (pundits,reporters, supporters) disagree with the opinion that, once again, Mike Dean has made another terrible decision against our club.
    Time for him to explain himself is my opinion.

    1. Fola says:

      Arsene cannot just do anything right with some supporters. Always looking for an avenue to express their hatred for him, like this silly right up.

  4. sunnypa says:

    Wenger is saying the truth,five referee is spoiling our games all the time they are in charge of arsenal match. so conte should focus on his Chelsea team.

  5. Mobella says:

    Jack dived, got no yellow, got no freekick. Hazard dived, got no yellow, got a penalty, scored from it, got Chelsea a point. People who compared the two incidents are moron.

  6. Franklin says:

    I’m disappointed at what arsenal fans are saying. He shouldn’t complain? Like seriously!? The so called Conte complained when he was always getting a red card against us so what’s he saying now? The truth is most times the refs decision go against us. U didn’t see decisions go against Ferguson as much as it goes against Wenger in his time at utd did you? If Moriho does this its OK but when Wenger does it its not, why the double standard? I really hate to support Wenger, the man has made me come to a point where I don’t care anymore what result arsenal gets and that’s not a good place to me but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still my coach and will still be till whenever he chooses to end our suffering. Football is an emotional game, reacting in such manner isn’t strange even for man (Wenger) who doesn’t give a shit about how deep arsenal sinks into sewer.

  7. Refs have a tough job, but if they aren’t capable of refereeing at this level, then they should be accountable and dismissed. To be fair, Arsenal have a lost A LOT of points this season from referee incompetence, awarding opposing teams penalty kicks for pathetic dives, clear-cut offsides and failing to award penalties to us. So with all due respect, if a player doesn’t perform, the manager takes him off the team. If a referee doesn’t perform, why can he act with total impunity? The FA punishes Wenger for being right, while those that made mistakes are basically rewarded. The sooner video replays become available the better. We have gotten lucky once or twice, but the amount of times where we’ve been disadvantaged is far far more. It’s ridiculous.

  8. Sue says:

    People cheating to win penalties… look at Lallana last night!!

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