Wenger Promises “Strong Response” As Marriner Apologizes For Bizarre Error.

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The highly anticipated match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Stanford Bridge may have come and gone but the memories which followed with the match is something Arsenal fans will want to forget in a hurry.

Following the 6-0 hauling of Arsenal at the Bridge, with the much controversial decision of the officiating referee when he handed out a red card to the wrong culprit.

Wenger admits that his side’s performance was unacceptable and is hoping for a response against relegation-threatened Swansea on Tuesday night.

He said: “What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it. I don’t believe it is the time to talk too much about (what went wrong).

“The players are deeply disappointed as we all are, but now I think let us prepare for the next game.

“We can win the next game, so that is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response.

“We are in a situation now where after such a disappointment that the next game becomes vital.”

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited released a statement on Saturday evening offering Wenger and Arsenal an apology for Marriner’s bizarre error.

It read:Andre is an experienced referee and is obviously disappointed that an error of mistaken identity was made in this case.

“Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.

“Whilst this was a difficult decision Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.

“He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.”

Wenger refused to be drawn on the statement, but eventually conceded: “The referee made a mistake because he missed the identity of the player, he has not seen what happened at all.

“Maybe it was a penalty, but it was not Gibbs.”

 

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