Wenger accuses Fulham players of conning the ref to get Djourou sent off in Gunners' 1-2 defeat
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Martin Jol's Fulham of deliberately trying to get Johan Djourou sent off in their clash on Monday evening and said referee Lee Probert was "naive enough to give" a red card. The Swiss defender received his second yellow in the space of just 15 minutes after hauling Bobby Zamora to the ground when through on goal.
Red alert: Arsenal's Johan Djourou receives his marching orders. Pic/AFP
The dismissal cost the Gunners dearly as they surrendered their 1-0 lead and ultimately went on to lose the contest 2-1 thanks to late goals from Steve Sidwell and Zamora. Wenger has now accused the Cottagers of premeditating his makeshift right-back's sending off and says he knew it was going to happen. "I saw it coming because when Kerim Frei came on, their game was all about getting the second yellow card for Djourou and, in the end, they got it," he said.
"The moment he got the first yellow, they tried every time to get him the second and the referee was naive enough to give it. We would not have been in trouble if we had kept 11 men on the pitch. The referee had a massive influence on the game. But what can I do?"