Arsene Wenger thought West Ham United were unlucky in their defeat to his Arsenal team on Sunday in the Premier League at Upton Park and thought that an early Alex Song goal should not have been ruled out for offside.
The Hammers made a strong start to the match and the former Gunners star was waiting on the edge of the area as a corner was cleared and buried a volley into the bottom corner. It was a fine strike, but the home fans’ elation was cut short by the linesman’s flag.
Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate were both standing in front of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as the shot came in, with the ball actually going through the former’s legs, and the officials decided they were interfering with play - Wenger didn’t think that was the correct decision at the time.
"I didn't know why Alex Song's goal didn't stand, I thought it would,” he told reporters after the match, though he was happy with his side’s reaction to the early bombardment.
“We had a committed and united performance. The keeper made some good saves. We knew we needed to be good in the air today.
“We scored a good second goal and had many opportunities to score another. It didn't come and at 2-1 I thought the last 30 minutes would be difficult.”
That second goal was scored by Danny Welbeck from close range after some fine work to get to the byline by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was magnificent throughout.
It came just a couple of minutes after Santi Cazorla gave the Gunners a lead from the penalty spot, which he had won after being brought down by Winston Reid.
Hammer boss Sam Allardyce also though Alex Song’s goal should have stood but, unsurprisingly, he was a bit more forthright in his criticism of the officials’ decision to chalk it off.
“The officials clearly got it horribly wrong. Frustrated is an understatement. Baffled is more the feeling,” he said.
"They said the attacker was in the eyeline of the goalkeeper; complete nonsense. It is impossible for the assistant referee to say that. They are wrong, Sakho is not in the eyeline of the goalkeeper.”
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