Wenger Insists Wrong Offside Call Helped Liverpool

Wenger Insists Wrong Offside Call Helped Liverpool

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that Liverpool benefitted from a second wrong offside decision in two games when Aaron Ramsey’s goal, scored from a sensational Santi Carzola cross, was nullified by an offside flag in their Monday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium which ended goalless.

It can be recalled that The Reds had benefitted from a questionable offside call when they defeated Premier League newcomers, Bournemouth, 1-0 at Anfield on Monday last week.

According to an AFP report, Ramsey’s goal was erroneously ruled out, as television replays later proved. And Wenger was sure of his own judgement of that call during his post match comments.

“It was a regular goal. Even though it was a period of the game where we had the most problems defensively, I can’t see why it was cancelled,” Wenger said.

“It’s clear and on that front, you cannot say that Liverpool can complain in the last week.”

Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, did not categorically disagree with his Arsenal counterpart on the disallowed goal.

Asked about the incident, the Northern Irishman smiled, and said tartly: “His (Ramsey) shirt looked offside.”

Arsene Wenger, however, would draw positives from the Liverpool match to forge ahead.

“I believe the West Ham game left a trace in our heads,” he said. “It was important tonight (Monday) not to lose, because you could see that was a shock for us and it was important to get that game out of the system.”

Liverpool have gone three games without conceding any goal, and Rodgers talked in glowing terms about his philosophy that is now making The Reds tick.

“With my teams, the focus is always very much on the football element, but anyone who’s followed my career (will know) it’s very much about the intensity of how we press and that cohesion as a team,” Rodgers said.

“That was something that drifted last season, for sure. So it was very important, especially with the number of new players coming in, that our defensive organisation was super organised.

“That will be the platform for us, with all our creative talent.”