Arsenal boss blasts referee following 2-1 Champions League loss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blasted referee Ovidiu Hategan after their 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stages, according to reports from the Mirror.

Star striker Olivier Giroud was sent off in the 40th minute after picking up his second yellow card, and the Croatian side took full advantage to score two goals against the Gunners’ 10 men.

Theo Walcott managed to grab a late consolation as they rallied to at least get a point from the game, but it wasn’t enough, gifting Zagreb their first Champions League victory since 1999.

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And Wenger believes that Giroud’s dismissal was extremely harsh, while also pointing out that the home team’s first goal should have been chalked off for offside.

Wenger claimed: “We were a bit unlucky tonight. I believe the first goal is offside. And the sending off is very harsh.

“Yes, he was rash. The first yellow is Giroud’s fault because he protested, even if it was not a foul against him. He should not have responded to the referee.

“The second, he is unlucky to touch the guy. I don’t think he saw him. It was accidental completely. I don’t understand the referee. It was not a second yellow. It has to be on purpose, a foul on purpose.”

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich beat Olympiacos 3-0 in Greece to top the table, and it looks like it will be a major scrap to finish second behind the German champions in the group stages.