Feb 9, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
0-1
Arsenal

Cattermole (3'), Larsson (63'), Colback (76')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cazorla (35')
Jenkinson (9'), Walcott (83')
Jenkinson (62')

Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere protection

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere lays injured while teammates look on during his side's game with Sunderland on February 9, 2013
© Owen Humphreys / PA Photos
Arsene Wenger says that referee Anthony Taylor did not give Jack Wilshere enough protection during Arsenal's win over Sunderland.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused referee Anthony Taylor of not giving midfielder Jack Wilshere the necessary protection during their win at Sunderland.

The Gunners recorded a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light on Saturday thanks to a Santi Cazorla goal, in a game that saw Carl Jenkinson sent off for the away side.

Wilshere was forced off early in the second half, and Wenger was furious that the referee did not provide the England international with more protection.

Asked if he was happy with some of the tackling on show, Wenger said: "No, I wasn't, especially on Jack. I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn't get the free kick he deserved.

"The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack. I just want the referee to give a foul when it's a foul. I don't want any special protection.

"The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it's a foul."

Wilshere recently returned from 17 months out of action through injury.

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla scores during his side's match at Sunderland on February 9, 2013
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