Wenger: If he sends Wilshere off he has to send Van Persie off too

07:10 05 November 2012

Arsenal

Arsenal'a Jack Wilshere walks past manager Arsene Wenger after being sent off against Manchester United in his second game back after more than a year out through injury. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hit out at referee Mike Dean after the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, saying Robin van Persie was as deserving of a red card as Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal had Wilshere sent off 20 minutes from time after ex-Gunner Van Persie and Patrice Evra had put the home side into a comfortable lead.

Santi Cazorla netted a late consolation for the Gunners but Wenger argued Van Persie might have been sent off for his reckless challenge on Bacary Sagna in the first half.

“If he sends Wilshere off he has to take Van Persie off too,” he said.

Of Wilshere’s second yellow card, he said: “To me it looked a regular challenge. I have to look at it again.”

Wenger labelled referee Dean “naïve” for announcing that Wilshere was on his final warning prior to his second yellow.

The Frenchman felt the warning encouraged United players to dive when challenged by the 20-year-old, knowing he would be dismissed as a consequence.

“It’s absolutely useless,” he said.

“If you give him a warning you show to the other team that the next foul, if you dive, he’s off.

“Why do they use that? It’s absolutely naive.”

The Arsenal manager also felt Evra deliberately overreacted to Wilshere’s challenge.

When quizzed on that subject, he said: “Of course. He has 10 years [of experience] in the Premier League.”

He continued: “I find the referee is very naïve because when you say to players the next foul you’ll get a second yellow, that is a signal for everybody on the other team to dive and of course they do it.”

Follow me on Twitter @nicholaspwright

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Arsenal news

Friday, May 22, 2015
Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Boss Tony Pulis admitted West Brom will let Saido Berahino leave if a top four club makes a move - but only for the right deal.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Steven Caulker of QPR battles for the ball with Raheem Sterling of Liverpool (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The saga over Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling’s future is likely to rumble on well into the summer after the club turned the tables on his agent, with interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Alex Song of West Ham (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

West Ham loanee Alex Song has hinted that he will not be a Hammers player next season.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Nabil Fekir of France  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir confirms he will spend another year with the French club rather than look for a summer switch.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal in action (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to stay at Arsenal next season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News