Angry Wenger accuses Dyer of taking a Swan dive
Published 22:02 15/01/12 By John Cross
Furious Arsene Wenger accused Swansea’s Nathan Dyer of being a diver after Arsenal crashed to a devastating defeat.
Wenger claimed referee Michael Oliver got it wrong in awarding a spot-kick when Dyer tumbled as Aaron Ramsey challenged for the ball.
And Gunners legend Thierry Henry was involved in a row with an Arsenal fan less than a week after being hailed at the Emirates as a returning hero.
Wenger said: “The game was decided by some strange decisions by the referee. The penalty was a complete imagination. It was a dive. Well done to the player (Dyer).
“There were other turning points. We came back to 2-2 but then we made a defensive mistake.
“At 2-2 we had a chance to win, but we missed some unbelievable chances. Apart from that well done to Swansea and they deserved to win.”
Wenger made a quick exit from his post-match press conference as Arsenal had a plane to catch, but admitted his team’s defensive frailties were again exposed.
He claimed his stand-in left-back Ignasi Miquel played well and declined to answer when asked if he regretted not signing more reinforcements.
Robin van Persie gave Arsenal an early lead, but it was cancelled out by Scott Sinclair’s disputed penalty. Nathan Dyer put Swansea in front and although Theo Walcott levelled on 69 minutes, Danny Graham grabbed Swansea’s winner straight on the restart.
When Henry led his team-mates to travelling fans to thank them after the final whistle he became embroiled in a row with a supporter who accused the players of lacking passion.