Tuesday 24 April 2018

'Why do you want more time?' - Arsene Wenger reveals bizarre exchange with fourth official

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clashes with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as fourth official Graham Scott looks on
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clashes with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as fourth official Graham Scott looks on

In what can only be described as an admirable self-own, Arsene Wenger has admitted, having questioned fourth official Graham Scott as to why there was so little injury time at the end of the League Cup final, he was asked: "Why do you want more time?"

Arsenal were comprehensively beaten by Manchester City at Wembley, their defensive disorganisation allowing Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva to score three relatively simple goals. The gulf between the north London side and the Premier League champions elect was enormous, with many Arsenal fans heading for the exits barely a quarter of the way through the second half.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Wenger said: "We know it was difficult to come back [from 3-0 down], even the referee doesn't give the injury time, the added time, regular.

"When I said 'Why do you not give more time?' he told me 'Why do you want more time?' I told him: 'It's not down to you to judge how long is the time, if you want or not, give a normal [amount of] added time'."

Wenger did concede that City were the better side, saying: "Well done to City, congratulations to them. They won the trophy, they won the cup and they will go happy home. We will go [home] very disappointed."

Having gone out of the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest and currently 27 points behind City in the Premier League, Arsenal's last chance of silverware this season now lies with the Europa League.

They have been drawn against AC Milan in Europe, however, so the disappointment could well be set to continue.

Telegraph.co.uk

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