Arsene Wenger had earlier called for the establishment of an Ethics Committee to overrule referee decisions proven to wrong. On Saturday, in the Gunners' game against Norwich, the Frenchman said he saw more signs that supported his claim and added he was shocked to see referee Anthony Taylor get so many decisions wrong, during his side's 3-3 draw with the visitors. Wenger was particularly angry after Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, who scored a brace in the game, was fouled by Kyle Naughton just as he was about to score his third.
"Here the whole season we have got zero penalties. It is absolutely amazing, because you see other clubs who have got 10. I don't know (why the penalty was not given), we have to accept the decision of the referee," ESPN quoted Wenger as saying. However, the manager did admit his side did not play very well, particularly after having made a flying start to the game; on loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun scored after two minutes. Instead, it was Norwich, who played exceptionally well on the day, to go into half time leading, after goals from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.
Arsenal did mount a fine second half comeback but could not get the two points they desperately needed.
"It is more than frustrating because we were very poor in the first half, not switched on. The quality of our first half was absolutely not at the level we wanted to play in a decisive game like that," The Sun quoted Wenger as saying.
"In the second half we did very well and created at least 10 chances, but again we did not take our chances. On top of that we gave them a third goal in a situation that was absolutely unbelievable. In the end we got punished for our mistakes. We have to analyse the reasons why we were not sharp enough in the first half," added Wenger, according to a Daily Mail report.
"There is no obvious reason because we prepared normally as we always do, and maybe subconsciously we would win it. Norwich played well, you have to give them credit, they did well," Goal.com quoted the 62 year old Frenchman as saying.
A draw with Norwich City has now put the Gunners in a very fragile position especially when Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are only a point behind Arsenal in the Premier League. If either of the two teams manages to win both their remaining league fixtures then Arsenal may as well kiss their chances of making it to next season's Champions League goodbye. Also, to make matters even worse for Wenger, French defender Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg.