Arsenal coach Wenger blames referees for loss to Stoke City


United manager Jose Mourinho said he "let the horses run freely" at the Liberty Stadium but his old foe Arsene Wenger was left frustrated after his Arsenal thoroughbreds were shackled in a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Sanchez's future has been the subject of speculation all summer, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both reportedly interested, but Wenger has steadfastly refused to sell. "I've missed out on a few, I haven't been able to convince everybody, but for the most part I have done alright".

"I wouldn't get too carried away by the way they steamrolled West Ham last Sunday because they are still a player short for me". It is not manageable.

Although he made more clearances (11) than any Arsenal player against the Foxes, Holding won just a single tackle, was caught in possession a number of times and generally looked shaky in a less than impressive performance defensively from the whole team.

"We'll see how he goes through the week but he has not played for a long time", said Wenger.

Take nothing away from Stoke, though, who have constantly proven an irritation to Arsenal and sent out a defiant message to those pundits tipping them for relegation. They spurned a host of other chances.

"It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal".

Oh, except for a goal from Alexandre Lacazette off a great finish that was incorrectly ruled offsides by the assistant referee.

Wenger denied that the defence had been shaky in their 4-3 win over Leicester City last week, but agreed that what turned out to be the decisive goal at Stoke should have been prevented.

"We were really awake and defended really well and I loved the goal because it was not a clear situation". "On set-pieces, yes".

Stoke boss Mark Hughes felt his side had proved a point to their critics after showing resilience to hold out for a notable first win of the season.

"We've lost one game so I can understand [negativity], but overall I believe that there were a lot of positives in the game. Even his foot was not offside".

Jese, 24, only joined Stoke on Wednesday and he was quick to make an impression.