Arsene Wenger sent off for standing up to thuggish Burnley

So Arsene Wenger got sent off at the weekend (or asked to leave the touchline, why do referee’s no longer show manager’s the red card?) and I for one was delighted. It showed there is still life in the old dog yet.


From the 1st minute, Sean Dyche and his assistant were harassing the 4th official Anthony Taylor. I do not think there was a moment in the match where one of them was in Taylor’s ear. Screaming at him, trying to influence him. A lot of the time the Burnley coaching staff were double teaming him.

Wenger, full of class, barely moved whilst this was going on. Some will say it showed a lack of passion, but it is more that Wenger has often been able to rise above this sort of behaviour. The behaviour Jose Mourinho has shown over the years, the behaviour Dyche showed at the weekend. You could easily argue that Wenger, at times, makes it easy for referees to side against Arsenal as he gives them such an easy time.

Everyone has their snapping point, however, and Wenger snapped in those closing minutes.

He had sat there watching Dyche and his assistant moaning at every single decision that went against Burnley. Meanwhile, referee Jon Moss was giving the Northerners everything, ignoring their thuggish behaviour whilst punishing Arsenal at every opportunity.

In the opening 2 minutes, Olivier Giroud had been thrown to the ground twice by Burnley defenders. It seems there is an unwritten rule in English football that defenders are allowed to pull and push Giroud around how they deem fit without punishment, but as soon as he lays a finger on them, it is a foul.

So Moss was ignoring the thuggish behaviour on Giroud, and then in the 2nd minute blew up for the 1st free kick. A challenge by Nacho Monreal which saw the Spaniard win the ball was incorrectly called as a foul.

As soon as the tackle went in, Dyche and his assistant were in Taylor’s ear, shouting, screaming, clearly demanding a booking. It was not even a foul, let alone a booking.

The press used to love saying Arsenal do not like it up them – labelling the side as soft. I believe this actually led referees incorrectly officiating games against Arsenal. It caused them to not give blatant fouls against Arsenal players because, in their mind, Arsenal were just being soft. This was highlighted most in a game I remember against Stoke City a good 7 or 8 years ago.

Arsenal lost 2-1 and the same rhetoric went up, Arsenal are easily bullied. But the press ignored the fact that Stoke went above a beyond simply playing hard.

Arsenal ended the game with 10 men as first Bacary Sagna and then Emmanuel Adebayor were taken out in crude fashion. The Adebayor one particularly sticks in the mind. The ball was out of play, Adebayor was off the pitch, and a Stoke thug came in taking him out. The ref did not reach for a card.

The game ended up with Theo Walcott being stretchered off the field with a shoulder injury. Like Adebayor, he was caught late and hard. It was a foul. Nothing given. But of course, it was not Stoke’s fouls that was highlighted, but Arsenal being weak. The referee should have stopped the behaviour in the first minute, but allowed it to continue. The ref was as much to blame for injuries as the Stoke players.

We had not seen this kind of behaviour against Arsenal for a while, but Burnley clearly went into Sunday’s game with the mantra that Arsenal are soft as they tried to kick us off the park. Luckily no Arsenal player was badly injured, despite a lack of protection and fairness from the referee.

Arsenal players were pushed and pulled, they were elbowed, they were stamped on, but Jon Moss turned a blind eye to it all. Stephen Defour stamped on Granit Xhaka twice. Alexis Sanchez pushed out of the way as he headed within the area. A blatant penalty . And still Dyche and his assistant were screaming at the Taylor. Trying to influence him and Moss. And it clearly worked.


Why at no point did Taylor tell Dyche to sit down and shut up, or threaten to send him off, is beyond me. He was probably intimidated by a thuggish Northerner. Scared to tell him to be quiet for the fear of a verbal volley and getting covered in spit and bile.

Then we had the penalty incident. The fact that Jon Moss waved this away showed just how biased he was throughout the match. It was a blatant foul on Mustafi. Of course, Dyche was straight up, in Taylor’s ear, probably demanding that Mustafi be booked for diving.

We then had Granit Xhaka’s red card. Was it a foul? Yes. Was it a red card? borderline.

I have seen players get away with a lot worse this season, and am sure the reaction of the Burnley bench, lead by Dyche, and the Burnley players surrounding the referee, influenced the decision.

Not too long later, Mesut Ozil was bought down by a crude challenge.

Dean Marney went in on Ozil, from behind, studs up, thigh high, and ended up scissoring him. It was a disgusting challenge, much more dangerous and filled with intent than Xhaka’s. The ref reached to his pocket and pulled out a card. It was yellow rather than red.

Maybe had the Arsenal fans made it a hostile atmosphere for the ref, maybe had Wenger whinged, bitched a moaned to Anthony Taylor for the duration of the game, Marney would have got the marching orders he deserved, but Wenger has more class than that.

Marney actually injured himself in the challenge. Hopefully he will be out for a long time. The game does not need thugs like him in it.

Arsenal tried to take time out of the game, slowing it down at every opportunity. When sides come to Arsenal and do this, referees ignore it. They act like it is not happening. As soon as Arsenal started to do it, Jon Moss was on the players back. Telling them to hurry up. Pointing to his watch. Dyche still in Taylor’s ear, ensuring more and more time was to be added on. It eventually ended up as 7 minutes.

Wenger eventually blew his top in the 93rd minute when Francis Coquelin gave away the penalty which led to Andre Gray’s equaliser. Gray made a meal of it. It was less of a penalty than the challenge on Mustafi. After 93 minutes of being on the end of poor referee decisions, Wenger lost it.

He questioned Jon Moss for the 1st time in the game to Anthony Taylor and was promptly told to leave the dug out area. He went and stood in the tunnel area before being chased by Taylor like a school boy playing kiss chase. He then lashed out at Taylor, demanding to know why he was being asked to leave the stadium he built.

Whilst all this was going on, Sean Dyche was sitting there smugly, laughing to himself. He had got away with it all game. Abusing the officials, complaining at every decision, and here were Burnley, about to take a point away at the Emirates, it would be the greatest day in Burnley’s history. Dyche had got Wenger sent off, he had gotten Xhaka sent off. He was the master of Arsenal’s downfall.


Jon Moss still had one more error to make. In the closing minutes Laurent Koscielny was kicked in the head by another Burnley thug. Moss did not even think it was a foul, where as it should have been a red card. Studs up to the face? Not a foul in Moss’s eyes.

Luckily the linesman made the right call, Arsenal got the penalty, and Alexis Sanchez slotted it away cooly. 2-1 to The Arsenal. Cheaters never prosper.

At the final whistle, Burnley players surrounded the referee, clearly questioning why he had given the penalty. They were probably confused that after 97 minutes of favourable decisions, Moss had given one the other way. Probably asking why, after Burnley’s equaliser, Moss did not reduce the time added on from 7 minutes to 4. Moss looked distraught at Arsenal’s winner.


Wenger kept his dignity throughout and paid the price. Maybe next time we play a side of Northern thugs, he should rant and rave on the sideline from the first minute. Then we might actually get a favourable decision.

Burnley, Dyche, Moss and Taylor, we overcame you all to get the deserved 3 points.


80 thoughts on “Arsene Wenger sent off for standing up to thuggish Burnley

    1. claret

      You should’ve watched the game instead of the bench, you probably would not have seen things quite so red and white!

  1. Richard

    There’s bias and there’s bias, your article is clearly delusional and whilst I’m clearly a Burnley fan I’d like to ask one of the 12,000 neutrals in the stadium what they think!? I’m sure they’d wonder what on Earth you are going on about. Thankfully we still, just about, have a mans game, no rooms for tackles like the sending off but every other aspect of that game was genuine players wanting to win, from both sides. Sadly, however, you like the class or the bite to win the league. Perhaps your team needs to man up. A player with bite like Keown might just agree!

  2. -

    This is the worst piece of journalism I’ve ever read, you cannot write an unbiased story to save your life. Give up.

  3. fredric

    We’re comfortably above you in the fair play league and I’d guess Xhaka has been sent off about as many times in the last 2 seasons than Marney has in his career (he’s nearly 32). But yeah “thug”, wish a bad injury on him. “Arsenal are soft”, “Arsenal don’t like it up ’em”, I don’t know where people get it from, you don’t sound like a fairy at all.

  4. Mark Gill

    Can’t even be arsed to read the full article as I got the gist from the headline. It’s things like this that make real football fans hate Arsenal plastics. Fans of Arsenal, Chelsea etc think they have some God-given right to be in the Premier League and beat teams like Burnley. Burnley are not thuggish as shown by their examplary record ever since Dyche took over (just check the fair play league if you want proof). I cannot remember the last red card we received – it’s that rare. Football is a contact sport and I suggest that the writer man up as he’s clearly struggling to comprehend that. He’ll be supporting Chelsea when they win the league anyway. Bandwagon!

  5. Chris

    Please take up comedy writing, as this is absolute gold.

    I think I pulled a muscle laughing at the quality of this ‘report’.

  6. Stan

    How biased a view is that!!

    All the experts agree that Arsenal were very lucky again has in the first game against Burnley.

  7. Proper footballer

    A great piece, congratulations. Never let it be said that a retarded 10 year old can’t write their own blog as this is all the proof you need.

  8. Tina

    Most of the footballers playing for either side won’t actually be from the Town/team they play for, to refer your headline calling Burnley thuggish is outright cheek, don’t slander and defame a town based on it’s football team, thanks.

  9. John

    When Burnley were last in the Prem it was Wenger who said we were naive, e.g. Not getting in the faces of refs, not going down when fouled. Clearly Burnley have learnt from the masters of the dark arts of football.

  10. Jamie

    My word… I pray you never get into any sort of media!! Gray wasn’t even brought down for the penalty, it was Barnes. And the linesman made the right decision to not call offside! Jeez! Get off your high horse and sit the fuck back down! Get a grip, football is a contact sport and the fact you ‘hope marney is out for a long time’ is pathetic and not the sort of thing we need to hear in football! I hope wenger gets a 3 game touchline ban and your title challenge slides down to fourth again, behind Tottenham!

  11. Brian Murray

    If this person had seen the replays of the incidents in question and taken in to account the comments from the tv pundits who agreed with the decisions made and a clearly off side decision given in arsenals favour Mr Whinger never mentioned that one

  12. tomlinson

    I’m an Arsenal fan and can I please say the views put across in this article do not reflect mine or most other Arsenal fans. Wishing a bad injury on any player is truly shocking, especially with whats happened to Mason. You’re a disgrace – suggest to remove the article.

    1. Daniel turner

      Glad one of you speaks sense not debating you did enough to win but to try and justify a result which even you will probably agree shouldn’t have ended with that with an absolute bullshit article like this is wrong

  13. Ben howarth

    Wow , I stopped reading half way through as whoever wrote this is clearly as wet as the rest of the arsenal team!
    I would be surprised if he had the strength to hold his own pen….

  14. Richard

    The bellend who wrote this article needs to get his facts right! Duyche may of been talking to the forth ref at times but not once was he intimidating or shouting at him. And for your so called Red card in the last minute, not once did Ben Mee take his eyes off the ball or kick the Arsenal player in the head (hardly touched his shoulder with his boot) and the so called high foot is a relatively pointless question as it was/should of been a free kick to Burnley for the mile offside!! Once again the same Arsenal player had to cheat in the last minute to get the 3 points against a very well played Burnley side. No justice for the small clubs as normal!

    1. Nate

      You are tossed in the head. Barely grazed his shoulder? Wrong. Whether he was offsides or not, getting kicked in the head is a foul, and a foul in the box is a penalty. You call us Arsenal fans biased? What about the Ozil takedown that resulted in injury, but no red, even though he was free on goal if not for being taken down. Or what about the Burnley player (can’t be bothered to remember every lower league bus parker can I?) that CLIPPED ALEXIS HEELS FROM BEHIND AFTER LOSING THE BALL. Stop playing the poor little us card. You got dominated front to back in this match, and despite the best efforts of the PGMO and the match officials, Arsenal still get 3 points.

      Ohhhhh I see why you are bitter. You lost to a better team who was playing 10v15 for the last half hour of the match!

  15. Phil Smith

    What a load of utter SHITE!!! This is Football not Fairy Cakes!!! If The Arsenal cannot handle the Rough and Tumble of The Premier League I suggest they FO to France. Hope they never play RUGBY. Overrated Overpaid Prima Donna’s

  16. Dave

    You cant even get the bit right about who was fouled for our penalty…
    “Francis Coquelin gave away the penalty which led to Andre Gray’s equaliser. Gray made a meal of it. It was less of a penalty than the challenge on Mustafi.”
    It was Barnes that got his shin/knee cap kicked after knocking the ball past.

    Oh and Sean Dyche is a southerner

  17. Daniel turner

    What aload of utter shite if your that blinded & idiot to believe what you’ve just wrote you need to give your head a wobble 😂 Maybe you should write about the first game & see what exciuses you can come up with to justify that if you were even there

  18. Alex davidson

    As a football fan, this is the most ridiculous article ever. In the history of the world no more bullshit has been said as this. Well done you fucking mong.

    1. Ken

      lol a football fan with zero brain or brain dead . Ha ha ha , England will never win the worldcup because of fools and ass holes like u.
      No football fan , no way, foolball fan for sure you little prat. It is not the first time that arsenal is being punished by referees for challenging for the title.

  19. Jim

    Leaving aside this being the most biased article I’ve ever read, you’ve also stated Sean Dyche (from Kettering) is a Northerner and that Andre Gray made a meal of the foul for the Burnley penalty, when it was Ashley Barnes who was fouled.

    If that’s classy behaviour from Wenger, I’d hate to see him being classless.

  20. nolly

    Sadly for Arsenal fans, you will win nothing again. Burnley play with a desire and an energy, and Arsenal got lucky. The next team there will take great heart from seeing Burnley nearly take a point, and will battle accordingly.

    1. Nate

      Arsenal have more goals in the last 10 minutes of matches to take points than any other club in Europe. But yeah, they don’t show fight or character. I love it when people regurgitate media stereotypes as their own. Packing 10 men behind the ball doesn’t show ‘desire and energy’ it shows a team is too scared of another to play positive football. It is COWARDICE.

  21. Holtyclaret

    This really must be a wind up. Did you not take your eyes off Dyche all game? Literally the worst and untrue article ever. It was offside and Mee did not take his eye of the ball. Kosnieky bent down to the ball that he reached first because he started from an offside position.

  22. Joe B

    This is the worst written article (and im pushing it calling it that even) I have ever read. If I wasn’t so busy pi**ing myself I would have boiled over.

    I really would hate to be an Arsenal fan.

    Get a grip ffs

  23. Gazza

    Total rubbish fact is officials can’t stand to see the big clubs dropping pts against the so called small fish in the division so vital decisions go their way like the offside 4 their winning penalty , and same in the 1st game at turf the ref played over the amount of added time and soon as arsenal scored took the kickoff n blew for full time so corrupt are the referees in the prem league

  24. Dale

    I nearly convinced myself tbis was a different game than I watched, obviously a lot closer than the person who wrote this pile of one sided nonsense. Arsenal were bullied your right by a team who fight for every ball and posession. Some of your team get marks out of 6 for there dives and when they get caught they complain its a bad decision not bad sportmanship. I suggest you take your red and white glasses ofd and realise there is a real world out there. And 2 offside goals for you win both matches way into and even past added time, away and boil your head ya prick

  25. david

    Wow how uneducated are you and biased? Dyche is a Southerner not a thuggish Northerner as you called him, I’ve never read so much bollocks in my life, you so upset that a classy Northern team gave you a game, even Wegner admires our style of play and spirit, you poor soft southerner? better get back on your mothers Nipple as its milk time. I thought you’d be ashamed that a small time club has shown you up twice this season and you’ve only won by default, I also do think you should have had a penalty.

  26. ShavedWotsitWillTakeYouDown

    Not seen one of the Northern mugs mention the blatant penalty on Mustafi at 1-0 yet call this article biased. The irony is delicious in their salty tears

  27. Braindead

    Absolutely hilarious narcissistic article. Burnley have less red cards as a team in the last four years than thug Xhaka has since August.
    Sincerely hope that Arsenal finish outside the top six and the ‘I didn’t see it’ Frog prick gets the boot

  28. Sean dyche

    Haha thuggish northerner…..where is Dyche from again…oh yeah, Kettering that well known norther town. Wenger classy?! Did u see dyche raise his arms at anyone?! Arsenal play by the rules, pull the other one!

    1. Nate

      The player hurt himself on a takedown with a leg across the knees. That he was hurt and not Ozil is quite simply just karma and serves him right for attempting to cheat

  29. james

    getting a lot of bites from dingles in the comments!

    they obviously don’t see this article was a tongue in cheek fishing attempt. good effort

  30. A northern thug (laughs hard)

    Well well well……..I certainly think u were watching a total different game to the rest of us….As for Arse (nal) well what a set of fairies u must be really proud to support those twits…..Burnley play each and every game with class,style and fairly….Shame on u to wish a player badly and hope they are out for a while….As for the article I wouldn’t wipe my Lancashire arse with it UTC!

    1. Nate

      Oh fun lets go bit by bit on this one!!

      1. Set of fairy twats– let’s see you take Xhaka mate. Really, I’d love to see. The word you are looking for is skilled.

      2. Burnley play each game with..
      A. Class- bunch of class acts there alright. Dyche could be heard on the field mics all game long screaming and often seen screaming at an official.
      B. Style- parking the bus is not a style mate. It is giving up before the match begins. It is admitting that you don’t have the ability to play football with your opponent. Cowards.
      C. Fairly- not sure where you were going with this one he mate, cause you lost the thread, but I applaud you for coming up with the first 2 with a straight face so I guess credit where credit is due..

      1. Nate

        Silly me forgetting to add to point 2a both the retaliatory heel chop from behind that Alexis received for his relentless efforts, inexplicably only given a yellow, and then of course the 3 different bruises that Shkodrn Mustafi will be sporting on his face today from the elbows of reckless and desperate Burnley players, oh and lest we forget, the lovely takedown executed on a hard charging Mesut Ozil who was about to break free with options into the attacking third, that, perhaps in a karmic way, resulted in the injury of that player who might have been unconcerned (and equally unpunished by schoolmaster Moss) had it been Ozil instead of he lying in pain on the pitch.

        I’m all for supporting your club, and even for taking shots when your interests conveniently align with the media’s, but a blatant revisionist history of what many sets of eyes saw take place on that pitch is far more one sided and biased than what you claim this article to be. What a bunch of nonsense. Good 3 points for Arsenal. I respect Burnley’s effort and organization, but can we please just see a fairly officiated match?!?! Just try it out, you know, see how it goes?

  31. Phill

    This is the worst click bate I’ve ever read. What a crock of shit. Whoever wrote this needs sacking for talking so much shit.

  32. J

    Sean dyche a thuggish northerner? Have a word with yourself dickhead. He was born in Kettering. Hope you don’t rely on your “journalism” to pay the rent, what a pile of shit.

  33. Matt Hargreaves

    Hahaha like a bloody episode of days of our lives, the person who wrote this should try and use his talents to get the old adult humour comic Viz going again. Once again arsenal have manged to snatch victory out of the jaws of a draw against the mighty Burnley. If you thought we were thugs, it just goes to prove arsenal supporters are the epitome of southern softies. God help your chance of finishing top 4 let alone champions.

  34. Stu

    . . . . And then the pink elephant flew overhead. It was all dreamt in my befuddled brain and re-played through my skewed perception.

  35. Adam Kostilek

    Wtf are u On?? ?? Stop taking crack,,,,, stop taking smack u half arsed excuse for a journalist/reporter. Are u ex news of the world.


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