Arsene Wenger: Bacary Sagna’s Red Card Was ‘Harsh’ And The Draw Suited Manchester City

Frenchman frustrated by Gunners' inability to score
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at Manchester City’s tactics after Roberto Mancini’s men frustrated the Gunners at the Emirates to hold out for a goalless draw, before insisting that he felt Bacary Sagna's red card was 'harsh'.

The result leaves the Gunners in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind City, having played a game less, and four points behind leaders Manchester United.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match the Frenchman insisted the result suited Manchester City and claimed they were set up to be defensive.

“They looked to me like they were set up not to lose, if you look at the number of times the goalkeeper took time on the goalkicks and they number of times they went down and tried to gain time, for me, I think they were happy with a nil nil,” he said.

“I don’t criticise them for that because they defended well. They deserve credit for that and overall they were set up not to lose.”

Arsenal dominated large parts of the game and were unlucky not to score after hitting the woodwork twice and Wenger admitted his side had had plenty of chances to win the game.

“In the end the positives were that we kept a clean sheet but of course we are frustrated we couldn’t score,” he added.

“We created enough chances, but it was this kind of game. We had more chances than you normally have, sometimes there was hesitation, sometimes there was bad luck but overall we played the game we wanted to play.”

Both teams ended the match with 10 men after Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta were sent off after a clash, a decision Wenger felt was harsh.

“It looked harsh to me, I thought it was first a foul for Sagna and then they just bumped into each other with their heads. You can give, you cannot give. I thought the two would get away with a yellow card but it was two reds unfortunately,” he said.

“I would like to say first the performance was very positive, encouraging, the team is on a strong run, there is a fantastic spirit, fantastic quality. I think there are more positives than negatives tonight, you have seen tonight that everyone can lose everywhere.”

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