Arsene Wenger annoyed with referee's performance

Wenger annoyed by referee's performance
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Arsene Wenger thinks that referee Nicola Rizzoli made a number of mistakes during Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Schalke that may have changed the outcome of the match.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was left frustrated by a series of decisions he felt could have gone their way against Schalke.

The Gunners let a two-goal lead slip against their German hosts, allowing Schalke to claim a point following a dominant second-half display.

Wenger believes that match official Nicola Rizzoli made a mistake in the build-up to Schalke's first goal and stopped play incorrectly with Arsenal in an advanced position in the second half.

He told reporters: "Yes, [it was a foul] on Theo Walcott and he gave the foul against him. I invite you to see it again. It is a foul from Ibrahim Afellay on Walcott, 100%.

"I must say there was another decision that was absolutely amazing.

"It was the first time I saw that in my long experience, to stop the game when a player has rolled over on his ankle. I have never seen that when you have a goal chance."

A draw in Germany means Arsenal remain second in Group B, a point behind Schalke and one ahead of Olympiakos in the fight for Champions League qualification.

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