It was a tight call but that won’t matter a jot for raging Emirates boss Arsene Wenger.
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Here are the post match thoughts of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was fuming after two decisions by referee Anthony Taylor and his officials went against his team in the draw with Sunderland.
Andrey Arshavin had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside and was later denied a penalty after Titus Bramble appeared to push him to the floor.
“I am too disgusted to speak about it frankly,” a visibly angry Wenger told BBC Sport after the goalless draw.
He added: “I believe Arshavin was not offside but what can you do?”
Saturday’s result at the Emirates means that Wenger’s team missed out on the chance to close the gap on leaders Manchester United, who play Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
“If you cancel goals for offside when it is not offside it is difficult to win football games,” added Wenger
“It is not the first time. What can you say? We put a lot of commitment in the game.
“These kind of things have too big an impact on the Premier League and we are deeply disappointed.
“We are very frustrated because we gave a lot. Unfortunately we could not score, we tried everything but Sunderland defended very well.”
Arsenal are next in action on Tuesday, when they play Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League tie.
The Gunners, who won the first leg 2-1, will be without Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott for their trip to Spain.
But captain Cesc Fabregas could return after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-0 victory over Stoke, while midfielder Jack Wilshere will be assessed over the weekend after limping out of Saturday’s draw with an ankle injury.
“Wilshere has an ankle problem but we will see how he responds to treatment on Sunday,” added Wenger.
“He will be out of training maybe a day, then on Monday maybe back. We will see. Cesc has a chance, Van Persie and Walcott are out.”
Wilshere argued that a draw against Sunderland was a good point and focused instead on the match against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
“It is difficult to take but it is part and parcel of football and maybe next week a few decisions will go for us,” said the England midfielder.
“We have got the confidence going to Barcelona – we beat them here and we can beat them there.”