'He influenced the game in the wrong way' - Arsene Wenger boss on FA Cup Final referee

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not always had the best relationship with referee Lee Probert, set to officiate the FA Cup Final.

The referee for the FA Cup Final next month has been announced, as Lee Probert.

And you get the sense from past history that Arsene Wenger will not be best pleased at the news.

Seen right, remonstrating with Probert as a fourth official in 2010, Wenger has even been on record publicly criticising him.

Probert was the referee in January 2012 when Arsenal lost 2-1 at Craven Cottage to Fulham, conceding two late goals after Johan Djourou was sent off.

Wenger did not hold back after that, reported by The Guardian as saying: "The referee influenced the game completely the wrong way in my opinion.

"When Frei came on the game was all [about] looking for the second yellow card for Djourou. The referee was naive enough to give it."

Probert did referee a memorable 4-1 win for the Gunners over rivals Tottenham in the League Cup in 2010, awarding them two penalties. There was no criticism from Wenger that night.

The Independent report that it was Probert who advised Wenger be sent to the stands at Old Trafford in a 2-1 defeat in 2009, for kicking a water bottle.

Hull themselves may not be too happy either however. The Tigers are yet to win any of their last six games Probert has officiated, while Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five.

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