Arsene Wenger declared himself “revolted” by referee Tasos Sidiropoulos’ performance in his side’s 5-1 Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich last night.
Arsenal crashed out at the last-16 stage 10-2 on aggregate, but afterwards Wenger pointed the finger of blame squarely at the Greek official. The hosts were 1-0 in front when he waved away a penalty claim from Theo Walcott, but gave one at the other end for a Laurent Koscielny foul on Robert Lewandowski.
Koscielny was sent off for the foul, having initially been shown a yellow card, and Lewandowski netted the spot-kick to end Arsenal’s hopes.
A fuming Wenger said: “I feel we produced the game we wanted and we are very unlucky tonight with some decisions which were very difficult to understand.
“We are 1-0 up, it’s a 100 per cent penalty on Walcott, Lewandowski’s offside; there’s no penalty on top of that, you get the red card, of course that killed us.
“It’s difficult to understand what’s happened. I still must say my team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well.
“When you see the importance of the games and you see an attitude like that I’m absolutely revolted and sorry for people who come and pay a lot of money to watch.”
Wenger, whose side have now lost at this stage for seven seasons in a row, added: “I felt we were in it.
“You never know how Bayern would have reacted had we scored a second goal and at the end it finishes like that, it’s difficult to take. And of course it looks very bad and doesn’t reflect the quality of our performance.”