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Arsene Wenger fumes after Arsenal lose to Blackburn


Wenger cannot understand ref decisions

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that both Blackburn's goals should have been ruled out for obstruction after his side lost 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Rovers tested goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with high balls and scored both their goals from corner kicks.

"On both goals we were unlucky with the decision of the referee [Martin Atkinson]," said Wenger.

"Blackburn's main purpose every time was to stop the keeper. I cannot understand why he did not stop that."

Wenger also felt that his team should have been awarded a penalty after Michel Salgado tangled with Robin van Persie.

The Arsenal boss, who has complained previously about the physical approach of teams prepared by Rovers boss Sam Allardyce, said that he was not surprised by Blackburn's approach.

"We were unlucky to lose but we did not produce enough quality," added the Gunners boss.


"But I do not know any more what is a foul and what is not a foul. Every time [a ball went in] Fabianski was pushed.

"There is no purpose to play the ball from the Blackburn players - they don't even watch the ball. He [Fabianski] had two players in front of him all the time and every time it was to stop him getting the ball.

"In football, when you don't go for the ball and you stop the keeper going for the ball, it is a foul. I think the referee cannot allow that. I am very disappointed the referee lets that happen in a football game, it is unfair to a goalkeeper."

Rovers boss Allardyce admitted his team had targeted Fabianski but argued that they did so within the rules.

"We know that the weakness for Arsenal is balls in the box and we did that positively," said Allardyce.

"We have seen that under pressure Fabianski's handling is sometimes suspect.

"We felt that the more balls we put in, the deeper Arsenal would go and the more bodies Fabianski would then have to go through."

Allardyce targeted 'weak Arsenal defence'

Van Persie headed Arsenal in front before David Dunn equalised shortly before half-time.

Chris Samba scored the winner after the break to ensure that Rovers will end the season unbeaten at home against the Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

"It looked like the match would be a tall order after the first 15 minutes but we slowly worked our way into the game," added Allardyce.

Wenger's team have won just one of their last eight matches in all competitions and are not yet assured of third place in the table and automatic qualification to the group stage of next season's Champions League.

Manchester City and Tottenham, who meet on Wednesday, can still potentially catch the Gunners but they need Arsenal to drop points in their final game against Fulham next Sunday.

"I believe that it is about what we do, not what Manchester City and Tottenham do," added Wenger.

"We have a home game to finish the season and we want to finish well."

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 37 63 83
2 Man Utd 37 54 82
3 Arsenal 37 38 72
4 Tottenham 36 27 67
5 Man City 36 29 66
6 Aston Villa 37 14 64
7 Liverpool 37 26 62
8 Everton 37 10 58
9 Birmingham 37 -8 50
10 Blackburn 37 -15 47
11 Fulham 36 -2 46
12 Sunderland 37 -7 44
13 Stoke 36 -11 44
14 Bolton 37 -26 36
15 Wigan 37 -34 36
16 Wolves 37 -25 35
17 West Ham 37 -19 34
18 Hull 37 -41 29
19 Burnley 37 -42 27
20 Portsmouth 37 -31 19

see also
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