Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey’s disallowed goal should have counted

Aaron Ramsey

The Arsenal boss has stated that the Welshman’s first-half effort against Liverpool was wrongly chalked off.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club’s official website that Aaron Ramsey’s first-half disallowed goal against Liverpool should have counted.

The North Londoners played out an end-to-end 0-0 draw against Brendan Rodgers’ side last night at the Emirates Stadium, with both teams having chances to win the game.

The Gunners thought they had taken the lead in the first 45 minutes when Ramsey broke into the visitors’ box and slotted an effort past Simon Mignolet after a delightful through-ball from Santi Cazorla.

However, the strike was chalked off and on hindsight it looked as if the Wales international midfielder was level with the last defender.

When asked about the incident and whether the goal should have stood, Wenger had a strong opinion.

“Yes. I cannot say the opposite. It was a regular goal,” the long serving French boss told the club’s official website.

“It was a period of the game where we maybe had the most problems defensively but it’s a regular goal. I can’t see why it was cancelled.

“It’s clear and on that front you cannot say that Liverpool can complain.”

Wenger admitted that he spoke to the officials about the decision but there was little that could be done to change what had happened.

“Yes. I didn’t ask for any explanation,” Wenger continued.

“What does it change? It’s about decision-making and he got it wrong. I could see live that he could not be offside.

“He started his run behind his man. I could see it from where I was but I thought maybe the angle on TV was different.

“It was not and I must say that Liverpool played well in the first half. We were insecure defensively and we gave them many balls. We created trouble for ourselves but even in the first half we had chances.”

Arsenal have had a slightly underwhelming start to the new season, with a home defeat to West Ham followed by three points on the road against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners rode their luck to some degree in the first half against Liverpool but played much better in the second half and had some gilt-edged chances to win the game.

The North London club have lofty ambitions of winning the Premier League title this season and as such must deem the most recent result as two points dropped if they are to achieve their objective.

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