Wenger fumes: Mason got away with 'a lot' against Arsenal

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference 2

The Gunners boss feels the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was treated with leniency by Saturday's referee.

Arsene Wenger was left ruing the fact that Spurs midfielders Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb got away with 'a lot' against his Arsenal side during Saturday's north London derby, according to the Daily Mirror.

Tottenham beat the Gunners 2-1 in what was a memorable Premier League win for the home side.

It was one of a more forgettable nature for visiting Arsenal, however, who were outrun, outmsucled and outlasted by their fierce north London rivals.

And Wenger was left fuming by the performance of his midfielders - as well as the displays of Tottenham's men in the middle.

Speaking about Arsenal's sloppiness in midfield - as well as the leniency of referee Martin Atkinson - Wenger told reporters:

“We made too many technical mistakes. We lost too many balls where we could have put Tottenham in trouble.

"And the Spurs defensive pressure, especially Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb. They got away with a lot today, especially Mason.”

  FoulsTotal TacklesMinutes Played
Olivier Giroud 3 1 90
Héctor Bellerín 2 4 90
Laurent Koscielny 2 0 90
Ryan Mason 2 4 89
Danny Welbeck 2 2 78
Nabil Bentaleb 1 4 90

As Opta stats show, Mason was Tottenham's most penalised player but didn't concede any more free-kicks than Danny Welbeck, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin or Olivier Giroud.

Bentaleb, meanwhile, was only penalised once against Arsenal, perhaps explaining Wenger's displeasure.

The simple truth, though, is that the Gunners were overrun in midfield at White Hart Lane and, whether they bent the rules or not, Spurs' midfielders wanted it more.

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