Ronald Koeman Not Surprised by Wenger’s Referee Criticism in 2-1 Loss

Arsene Wenger’s comments about the referee in the 2-1 defeat against Everton have been mocked by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.


The Dutchman has had an impressive record against Wenger since he came to the Premier League. Even with Southampton, Koeman managed to get some impressive results including a 4-0 win. However, he has pointed out that Wenger is a bad loser as he always comes up with other excuses for his teams in the ability to win. In the cases of the losses against Southampton and Everton, Koeman says that there was a strange consistency with the Frenchman decided to criticise the referee for the inability to win.

In the latest loss against a Koeman-managed outfit, Wenger claimed that his team should not have considered a freekick that led to the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton, and it has prevented Arsenal from moving three points behind Chelsea.

The Frenchman, though, did not have much to say about the opening goal scored by Arsenal which came from a heavy deflection and had an element of luck. Alexis Sanchez scored in this heavily deflected goal before Seamus Coleman headed Everton level just before the half-time break.

It was a crucial victory for Everton as it helped at the club bring an end to a sequence of five league games without a win.”I’m not surprised because it’s the third [home game] in a row I won against Arsenal and three times in a row it was about the referee.I’m sorry Arsenal, we won through the referee,” said Koeman. “It was not a corner. It was a wrong decision. I am really disappointed because Clattenberg was in a very good position to see that they headed the ball out,” said Wenger in criticism of the referee Mark Clattenburg.