Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left confused by referee Michael Oliver’s decision to disallow Aaron Ramsey’s first-half strike during Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
Ramsey beat Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with a low drive on eight minutes, after being set up by a superb Santi Cazorla pass.
Replays showed that Ramsey was level with Liverpool’s last defender when Cazorla unloaded, but Oliver ruled out the effort after his assistant raised the offside flag.
Wenger was not pleased. He told Sky Sports: “We had chances in both halves and were unlucky because we scored a regular goal that was ruled out and that was very difficult to understand.”
He added: “We were insecure at the back because we had a new defence but second half we were more stable.
“We played quite well in the first half, we had chances, enough chances to win the game. Liverpool cannot complain with the decision, not on Monday, not today.
“You have to give credit to Liverpool, they worked very hard defensively. We want to score goals, we had a lot of possession but if you cannot finish and a team plays deep, we struggled to score. This is the second time at home and we are not used to that.
“We know we can score goals but we need to play what we do better in the final third.”
Arsenal do not have a very good record when Oliver referees their matches. The Gunners have won just two of their last 12 games in which the Northumberland official has had the whistle.
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