Wenger criticise ref and Braga tactics

It was a disastrous night for Arsenal in the Champions League. They lost 2-0 to Braga in Portugal after conceding late in the game.

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Arsenal are now in danger of qualification from the group after Shakhtar moved 3 points ahead Arsenal on 13 points with a win against Partizan Belgrade while Braga joins Arsenal on 9 points.
Not only did Arsenal concede 2 late goals but were unlucky to be denied a penalty when substitute Carlos Vela was brought down and ended up being booked for diving.

More bad news for Arsenal as both Emmanuel Eboue and Captain Cesc Fabregas got injured in the match. Eboue faces a lengthy lay off after being carried off while Fabregas suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and could be out for up to 3 weeks.

‘The turning point was the penalty – I still cannot understand how Carlos Vela got a yellow card. It remains a complete mystery,said Wenger
“It is difficult to understand how we did not get a penalty. The five referees is not an answer to the problem.
“The referee had some surprising decisions tonight. It is hard to swallow, but now we have to win our last game.
“The most important thing for us now is to qualify. It is good that Shakhtar play against Braga, but they are the super favourites to win the group.

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“Eboue will be out for a while and we will have to asses Fabregas tomorrow. It could be two to three weeks.
“It is very disappointing because I had a hesitation to play him before the match started. I took the gamble and it back-fired on us.”
‘We played against a team who refused to play and tried to catch us on the counter attack. They used every single trick in the book to slow the game down.
“We were not sharp enough to create clear-cut chances.
“Saturday’s result had no knock-on effect, because I had seven players who did not play, and I had to rest some players.
“I think we had enough on the pitch to make a goal, but football is like that when the other team focuses not to play.
“Everybody is free to play the way they like, and they won.
“We could play 10 matches like that and win eight or nine times, but tonight was the one we didn’t,”

added Wenger


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