Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fumed at the officials as his side lost their second game 2-1 in six days due to Raheem Sterling’s second-half strike.
Theo Walcott had put the Gunners into an early lead, but they were unable to consolidate their half-time lead and ultimately crumbled immediately after the second period begun, as German wide man Leroy Sane fired past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.
However, it has been argued that both goals may have been offside, and Wenger was unwilling to let that go in his post-match interview as he launched an angry outburst against officials.
He told Sky Sports: “I feel we dropped physically in the second half. In the first half we looked always dangerous and sharp and on top of that the decisions went against us.
“The two goals are two offside goals and in a game of that stature I feel enough is enough for us. We got some bad decisions for the whole season and today I looked at the goals and both are offside.
“The second one is five yards offside. The first one is still offside. But what can I do? We have to live with that. We have to look at ourselves and analyse why we lost the game.”
Wenger also acknowledged that Arsenal failed to find their rhythm in the second half, and has rued what has been a torrid week for the club.
“It’s a shame because in the two games we were 1-0 up and we lost the two games 2-1. But we were quite in control and in the second half we suffered after their first goal for 20-25 minutes,” he added.
“Afterwards we came back into the game but they managed well to gain time, with a lot of experience, it was difficult to get in the flow.
“Same result-wise but it was not exactly the same pattern. On Tuesday night we conceded two goals from headers. It’s difficult as well because we’ve played four games out of five away from home, with a very short recovery from Saturday to Tuesday after we played away to Basel, you could see today physically the second half was a bit more difficult.”
Arsenal’s fan base are not particularly enamoured with Wenger or his star man Mesut Ozil, so serious changes need to be enforced after the Christmas break.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.