After Everton’s hard-fought comeback win over Arsenal, the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger commented to the media that his side were done in by referee Mark Clattenburg.
Arsene Wenger not happy with Mark Clattenburg. And says Arsenal have had problems with him before. He won't get any sympathy here!— David Prentice (@prenno) December 13, 2016
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says: "Of course it was not a corner" for Everton's winner #EVEARS— Christopher Beesley (@CBeesleyEcho) December 13, 2016
That in itself is cause for hilarity for Toffees who for years have felt that the official has had it in for the Blues over the years.
Ronald Koeman did not seem surprised when told during his post-match press conference about Wenger’s issues with the referee, saying -
Ronald Koeman: It's the 3rd time in a row I've beaten Arsenal at home and 3 times it was the referee's fault. I'm sorry Arsenal but we won.— David Prentice (@prenno) December 13, 2016
Koeman: 'I'm not surprised at Wenger's comments, it's the 3rd time I've beaten him at home & the 3rd time [he has made] it about the ref'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) December 13, 2016
Of course, Koeman and Wenger have had some history in the Dutchman’s short tenure in the Premier League. In three home games against Arsenal, Koeman has won 1-0, 4-0 and now 2-1.
Earlier this year in February after a 0-0 draw at Southampton, Wenger had ambushed referee Lee Mason and then yelled at him, to which Koeman then responded.
Arsene Wenger was involved in an amazing tunnel bust-up with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.
Wenger confronted referee Lee Mason at the end of their 0-0 draw with Southampton at the Emirates that leaves them five points behind leaders Leicester.
Wenger shouted at Mason: 'It's always the same with you.'
Koeman saw the exchange and confronted Wenger before saying: 'It's always the same with you.'
And even before that, when Southampton had beaten the Gunners 4-0 in December last year, Koeman had made a smart retort about Wenger’s whining then too.
Koeman on Wenger's complaints about the goals: "Only the first three? Did he not say anything about the fourth? That's strange..."— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) December 26, 2015