Arsene Wenger has completed four out of 365 days of his new year’s resolution to complain about refereeing every day of the year.
The Arsenal manager today said: “The thing that irritates me the most is that it’s impossible to have any dialogue with referees – it’s like you’re sending a message on WhatsApp and they reply on MSN Messanger.
“I really don’t understand them at all. I mean what’s the whole deal with the black shirts? Such an outdated colour. And do they really need whistles in the 21st century when they have a range of novelty noises available on their smartphones?
“I’ve been making a list of all the penalties wrongly given against us since I joined the club – 789 penalties, can you believe?
“Let’s see – number one, April 1997, Ray Paylour pushes – wink, wink, cough, cough – Neil Ruddock. There was barely any contact at all, the whole world could see that.
“It’s not like I want all 789 of these penalties to have been not given – but maybe if just 750 of those decisions had gone in our favour, could you imagine what a team we would have been?
“To my last day at this club I will never understand that. I know some say this is all a random series of ocassional bad fortune and poor judgment from officials that would be expeted over 22 years, but for me it is something much more sinister.”
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