Wenger - We should have won

Arsenal boss not happy with referee

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could not hide his disappointment after drawing with Liverpool in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.

The Gunners deservedly went ahead after 23 minutes through Emmanuel Adebayor, but they could not hold as Dirk Kuyt scrambled home an equaliser just moments later.

Arsenal were the better side throughout but they could not find a way through which left Wenger frustrated.


"It is difficult to understand as we had a lot of possession and a lot of chances and it is very difficult to accept that we didn't win the game," Wenger told Sky Sports.

Wenger was also less than amused about his side being denied what appeared a blatant penalty in the second-half when Kuyt looked to pull Alexander Hleb to the floor.

"We were unlucky too, when they equalised I felt we were unlucky and were unlucky on the big decision of the referee on the penalty and in a game like that it is difficult to take it but we have to swallow it.

"That is what is most disappointing because sometimes the referee is in a bad position, but he was five yards away from Kuyt and in fairness it was a 100 per cent penalty.

"We could have done better because we were caught on the break when we were 1-0 up, but Steven Gerrard showed a touch of class and you can always do better when you concede a goal."


Arsenal now meet Liverpool again on Saturday in the Premier League before the return leg of their Champions League clash at Anfield next week.

"What is important is that we win the next one at the Emitrates on Saturday and then find the resources to win at Anfield and we can do that," he said.

"We want to win the game on Saturday because, of course, the Championship is at stake and that will help us to get the result at Anfield."

Robin van Persie was again forced off with injury and Wenger admits he is a doubt for their next two games against Liverpool

"It doesn't look too bad but we took him off for a precaution but I still think he will be short for next game and possibly the one after," he added.