Wenger rips “scandalous” ref, defends Arsenal after UCL exit

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Arsenal was destroyed by Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16, losing the tie by a combined 10-2 after Tuesday’s 5-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium.

Just like the first tie, this one saw Arsenal fall apart after falling behind. Unlike the first tie, the capitulation came on the heels of a red card to Laurent Koscielny.

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The defender chopped down Robert Lewandowski in the box after Lewandowski burned Nacho Monreal and was on the verge of facing keeper David Ospina 1v1.

And in an eight-goal aggregate loss, one preceded by fans protesting his job status, Wenger chose to criticize “scandalous” officials for an “unexplainable” red card before responding to questions on his future.

From the BBC:

“I feel we produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky with some of the decisions. It’s really hard to understand.

“It’s definitely a penalty on Theo Walcott, Lewandowski is offside and after the red card it was very difficult for us to finish the game. My team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well.”

The Walcott play in question certainly could’ve been given as a penalty, though the red card feels right. As for his future.

Here’s the AP’s Rob Harris: