On a very snowy evening Wigan Athletic were demoralised by an inept performance by the referee and his assistants, easy to say but it was visible to see after Victor Moses was scythed down and got stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder.

Alcaraz og 42
Bendtner 67

Latics started off very bright and even started to dominate the game a bit, but as time went on and the referee started to disrupt the play, it was quite obvious he was giving a lot of the minor decisions the way of Arsenal.

The first half started off with the hosts scoring but the assistant’s flag went up for off side and that was only break we were going to be given for the rest of the game as time after time we seemed to penalised for 50/50 challenges.

The first goal went Arsenal’s way just before half time and being honest was their only opportunity of the half. Alcaraz was fouled into giving the corner in the first place and then ended up being the goal scorer after Walcott swung the kick in.

We had great opportunities to score ourselves, but the frustration was evident as we chose to take too many touches instead of shooting. Watson was having a decent game and when we needed a bit of help Al Habsi was there to sure up at the back.

Watson was one of those guilty of trying to take one too many touches when he had sight of goal and it seemed that they were almost scared to shoot. With the amount of play we had we should have had more to show for it.

The own goal we couldn’t do anything about, but it was the relentless decisions going against us that saw us crumble and for once I saw the players’ reactions and thought to myself, “What is the point?”. They looked to have the same thought going through their heads as well, as any little dive or whinge got a reaction from the ref.

Every time we got hustled off the ball, play went on, as it should. It seemed that every time the same was reversed, Arsenal got a free kick. The straw that broke the camel’s back though was when Moses got sandwiched between two Arsenal players.

Victor went down in a heap (later we found he suffered a dislocated shoulder) and the ref waved play on, yet Thomas fairly tackled Nasri and was penalised with a yellow card just seconds later.

The players just looked at each other shrugging their shoulders as Moses was stretchered off and there was no way back, their heads had gone. The fans were the same, we couldn’t see how we could get anything from it. They went on to score again and we come home wondering why the hell we bother.

You have to question sometimes what the mentality is in these refs, but whatever is going on they need to sort their corner and quick.

I have to give a special mention to the 25 or so Oman supporters that came down to see Ali Al Habsi play; they were great and got behind their player and our team. It is just a pity they were subjected to what they saw tonight.

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Ali Al Habsi (Supporters Club coach)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 59,525
53 Wojciech Szczesny 26 Ali Al Habsi
27 Emmanuel Eboue 3 Antolin Alcaraz
6 Laurent Koscielny 13 Steven Caldwell
20 Johan Djourou 2 Steve Gogouri
20 Kieran Gibbs 31 Maynor Figueroa
15 Denilson 23 Ronnie Stam
52 Nicklas Bendtner 8 Ben Watson
14 Theo Walcott 11 Victor Moses
19 Jack Wilshere 16 James McArthur
11 Carlos Vela 6 Hendry Thomas
10 Robin van Persie 9 Mauro Boselli
55 James Shea 12 Mike Pollitt
3 Bacary Sagna 39 Jordan Mustoe
50 Havard Nordtveit 21 Mohamed Diame
40 Craig Eastmond 14 Jordi Gomez
8 Samir Nasri 38 Callum McManaman
41 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 10 Charles N’Zogbia
23 Andrey Arshavin 7 Franco Di Santo
10′ Yellow Card Carlos Vela    
35′     Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa
39′     Player OffVictor Moses
Player OnCharles N’Zogbia
42′ GoalAntolin Alcaraz og    
67′ GoalNicklas Bendtner    
72′ Player OffRobin van Persie
Player OnCraig Eastwood
72′ Player OffJack Wilshere
Player OnSamir Nasri
77′     Player OffRonnie Stam
Player OnCallum McManaman
79′     Yellow Card Hendry Thomas

Player OffMauro Bosell
Player OnJordi Gomez

83′ Player OffNicklas Bendtner
Player OnJay Emmanuel-Thomas

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