Wenger fumes over goal

LONDON. — Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team have been “very average” this season after collecting four points from three English Premier League games.

The Gunners recovered from a home defeat by West Ham by beating Crystal Palace, but were held to a goalless draw by Liverpool on Monday night.

“We have started very average I must concede,” Wenger said. “Sharpness is missing a little bit in some players.

“Our game is still not fluent enough in the final third.”

Wenger railed against the decision to disallow a goal by Aaron Ramsey for off-side in a lively home game with Liverpool on Monday night.

Liverpool largely controlled the first half at the Emirates Stadium, twice hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal thought they had gone ahead when Ramsey finished off a glorious through ball from Santi Cazorla.

However, the goal was ruled out – incorrectly, as television replays would prove – and with Liverpool having already benefited from a beneficial offside call in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth last week, Wenger felt that luck had shone on them again.

“It was a regular goal. Even though it was a period of the game where we had the most problems defensively, I can’t see why it was cancelled,” he said.

“It’s clear and on that front, you cannot say that Liverpool can complain in the last week.” Wenger, notoriously myopic when it comes to contentious incidents involving his players, claimed that he could see “live” that Ramsey “could not be offside”, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not dispute the claim.

Rodgers saw the funny side as Wenger voiced his frustration over a disallowed goal during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

Wenger saw Ramsey’s eighth-minute goal incorrectly ruled out for off-side with Martin Skrtel playing the Welshman on.

It was the second time in seven days that Liverpool have benefited from an assistant referee’s flag after their controversial winner at home to Bournemouth last week. Rodgers smiled afterwards: “His shirt looks off-side. Great decision by the linesman.”

Having lost 2-0 at home to West Ham United on the opening weekend, Arsenal have now gone two home games without scoring, but Wenger admitted to feeling relieved that none of Liverpool’s first-half chances had gone in.

“I believe the West Ham game left a trace in our heads,” said the Frenchman, whose side hit the post through Alexis Sanchez in the second half.

“It was important tonight (Monday) not to lose, because you could see that was a shock for us and it was important to get that game out of the system.” — AFP.