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: