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Wenger rues offside call in Liverpool stalemate
Published :Wednesday, 26 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20

LONDON, AUG 25: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger railed against the decision to disallow a goal by Aaron Ramsey for offside after his side drew 0-0 in a lively home game with Liverpool.
Liverpool largely controlled the first half at the Emirates Stadium, twice hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal thought they had gone ahead when Ramsey finished off a glorious through ball from Santi Cazorla.
However, the goal was ruled out incorrectly, as television replays would prove and with Liverpool having already benefited from a beneficial offside call in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth last week, Wenger felt that luck had shone on them again.
"It was a regular goal. Even though it was a period of the game where we had the most problems defensively, I can't see why it was cancelled," he said.
"It's clear and on that front, you cannot say that Liverpool can complain in the last week."
Wenger, notoriously myopic when it comes to contentious incidents involving his players, claimed that he could see "live" that Ramsey "could not be offside", but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not dispute the claim.
Asked for his thoughts on the incident, the Northern Irishman smiled and said: "His shirt looked offside."
Having lost 2-0 at home to West Ham United on the opening weekend, Arsenal have now gone two home games without scoring, but Wenger admitted to feeling relieved that none of Liverpool's first-half chances had gone in.
"I believe the West Ham game left a trace in our heads," said the Frenchman, whose side hit the post through Alexis Sanchez in the second half.
"It was important tonight (Monday) not to lose, because you could see that was a shock for us and it was important to get that game out of the system."
The former Southampton man gave the ball away several times in the first half and Wenger admitted he had been "tempted" to take him off at the interval.    AFP








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