Wenger: 'We lost the game because we were down to 10 men'

Last updated : 02 January 2012 By Chris

Here's what Arsene had to say...

"The referee influenced the game in completely the wrong way, in my opinion. We cannot influence that.

"We had a good first half and in the second half we were tired in the last 10 minutes. We lost the game because we were down to 10 men.

"The first yellow card was not a yellow card. The second yellow card was a foul for us. There was a 100% penalty for us in the first half and that is that, plus the fact we did not take our chances in the first half made the difference.

"In the end I think it was very unlucky to lose a game with 10 men.

"When you see that we finished the game with 10 men it is very difficult to take and that makes a massive difference when you played 48 hours before. It is too difficult."

"When Djourou got the first card, every time he intervened they went down to get him a second yellow and he did nothing at all. I saw it coming, you know. When they brought on Frei they looked for a second yellow card on Djourou and they got it."

"I do not need to make stories for newspapers. I tell you the game I have seen. I don't care about the rest. I just felt that every time Djourou was on the fringe to get the second. You can watch the game again."