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Lewandowski should've been sent off - Wenger

ESPN staff
October 23, 2013
Lewandowski shoots down Arsenal

Arsene Wenger insists Robert Lewandowski was lucky to still be on the pitch when he struck Borussia Dortmund's late winner against Arsenal.

Wenger was furious that Lewandowski, who put Dortmund 2-1 up in the 82nd minute, only received a booking for an earlier elbow on Laurent Koscielny.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had opened the scoring for Dortmund before Arsenal levelled through Olivier Giroud before the break.

The result left Arsenal level in their Champions League group on six points with Dortmund and Napoli.

"It looked like Lewandowski could have been sent off but I haven't seen it well and the referee was in a much better situation," said Wenger, who was 64 yesterday.

"I'm disappointed. We were not as good as we can be offensively. We put ourselves on the back foot with the first goal and were a bit naive with the second.

"If you look at the number of saves our goalkeeper had to make and we conceded two goals, then we can only look at ourselves.

"We were not mature enough. If you cannot win a game then don't lose it.

"The group is difficult for us, but possible. We need a result away, but we can do that."

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who watched the match from the stands as he served his touchline ban, apologised for spoiling Wenger's birthday, though gave his support to Lewandowski.

Klopp said: "I'm sorry about this. But it's a problem of the date. I have a birthday in June when there are no football matches.

"It was just another encounter between Robert Lewandowski and Laurent Koscielny. The referee saw it. All of these decisions should be about injury to the other player and not when a player is trying to make more space. It was no red card, no lucky situation."

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