Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger claims Tottenham failed to show respect to paying supporters with their attempts to waste time during Saturday evening’s drawn north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners dominated much of the encounter but failed to make this superiority count as Nacer Chadli opened the scoring for Spurs before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally breached a resolute rearguard.
Arsenal enjoyed the majority share of the ball, with 69 percent of possession over the duration of the 90 minutes, while the hosts also had 16 shots on goal compared to six for Spurs.
Wenger was not particularly pleased with the supposed negativity of the opposition who, he claims, did all they could to run down the clock once they had taken the lead shortly before the hour mark.
It was a tactic that clearly got under the skin of the Frenchman, who believes the players are duty bound to give fans, some who would have paid £100, their money’s worth, and that the referee ought to take a harsher line on such behaviour.
"I have never known us to have so much possession against a Tottenham team, but you have to say they defended well,” Wenger told reporters after the game.
"But they took every second they could to make the game last for as little as possible. They tried to gain time, to slow the game down.
"I would like to see an English referee act against that in a proper way. The referee is there to make the game flow, people pay money to watch football. It is respect to the people who pay money and the referee should book players straight away."
Wenger, however, will have far more pressing concerns over the next week or so. Arsenal face Galatasary on Wednesday and will be Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, with all thee having been injured against Spurs.
Ramsey and Arteta will ‘definitely’ miss the encounter with Chelsea that follows, while Wilshere could also be unavailable.