Luck was not with Arsenal when the Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on Saturday. They had the better of the play in the first half against defending
champion Manchester United and took the lead on a goal by Andrei Arshavin
, but everything went badly in the second half.
A Wayne Rooney
penalty and an Abou Diaby
own goal gave United a 2-1 win.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
's frustrations boiled over in stoppage time when he kicked a water bottle after a tying goal was ruled offside.
subsequently sent off by referee Mike Dean
on the advice of fourth official Lee Probert
that was called an error and
will result in an apology, but League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan
said it was a mistake.
Bevan said: "Although
correct in 'law,' it was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense which followed over where Arsene Wenger should sit. I've spoken to [Premier League
referees chief] Keith Hackett
and he fully recognizes the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Arsene Wenger.
totally failed to manage the situation and created a needless pressure point taking the focus away from the pitch in a big event with only a minute to go."