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14th Dec 2016

Arsenal fans round on Clattenburg and ‘lazy’ Özil after Everton defeat

Passing the blame.

Tom Victor

Remember when Arsenal had turned a corner?

When they were coming from behind to win and still prevailing when refereeing decisions went against them?

In fairness, three days is a long time.

Fresh from the victory over Stoke City, where the Gunners survived a controversial penalty call and referee Lee Mason missing what some thought was a stamp by Charlie Adam, Arsène Wenger’s team missed a chance to go top of the Premier League when Everton came from behind to beat them at Goodison Park.

In response Arsenal fans accepted that these things happen, and turned their attentions to Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City turned on anyone and everyone, but especially referee Mark Clattenburg.

Everton v Arsenal - Premier LeagueAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Wenger himself hit out at the Consett official, questioning the award of the late corner from which Ashley Williams headed home Everton’s winner.

“I think I am really disappointed because Clattenburg was in a very good position to see they headed the ball out and it’s not the first time we are unlucky with this decision this season,” the Arsenal boss said.

But he was positively restrained compared to some Gooners on social media, who also believed the visitors should have been awarded a penalty during the defeat.

But Clattenburg wasn’t the only one to feel the wrath of Arsenal supporters during and after the game.

Mesut Özil had one of his least productive games in an otherwise impressive season, but it was his defensive contribution – specifically his failure to challenge Williams when the centre back nodded home the winner – which saw him take the most heat.

When even the Arsenal Fan TV crowd are turning on you, you know you’ve done something wrong.

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