ARSENE Wenger believes Victor Wanyama should have been red-carded in Arsenal’s 1-1 Premier League draw with rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.
The Gunners took the lead through an own goal from the hapless Kevin Wimmer but the visitors clawed one back through a Harry Kane penalty after Mousa Dembele was fouled.
And Arsenal chief Wenger reckons it was a soft penalty for referee Mark Clattenburg to award and that Wanyama was lucky to stay on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.
He said: “We were a bit unlucky with the penalty decision. I think the penalty was harsh. It didn’t look dangerous to score, it didn’t look a deliberate foul. After, even speaking to some referees they say you can give it, you can not give it, so personally, being manager of Arsenal Football Club, I prefer not to give it”.
“Wanyama was very lucky to stay on the pitch today because of a few fouls, the elbows on Walcott for example, but the referee makes the decisions”.
“We have to cope with that and to deal with that. Still, nobody stopped us from scoring a second goal which is what we didn’t do”.
Wenger says his charges seemed to pose more of a threat in the derby clash during the first half skirmishes, but dropped in their intensity of play after the break.
He added: “It was a game of high intensity where I felt in the first half we looked always like we could score every time we crossed the halfway line and in the second half we looked a bit more flat physically, a bit more less sharp and we couldn’t find the creativity, the fluency around the box nor the vision we are used to”.
“I think our level dropped and we were a bit too stretched as well. Spurs defended well on some crosses in the final 10 to 15 minutes, I feel there were some balls where the fact that despite three tall players we couldn’t make enough of corners and we missed some crosses as well”.
“So overall it was high intensity, technically I think our level dropped in the second half and the desire was there. Maybe the result is fair”.