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'It's the third time in a row I have won against Arsenal, and 3 times it was about the referee'

Ronald Koeman was unhappy that Arsene Wenger blamed a mistake by referee Mark Clattenburg for Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton.

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RONALD KOEMAN WAS unhappy that Arsene Wenger blamed a mistake by referee Mark Clattenburg for Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton, claiming that the Gunners boss is using the official as an excuse.

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League on Tuesday as they surrendered a one-goal lead against an Everton side who had Phil Jagielka sent off in the closing minutes.

Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick had Arsenal on course to leapfrog leaders Chelsea only for Wenger’s team to suffer their first league defeat since the opening weekend of the season.

While he had no issue with Seamus Coleman’s equaliser before the break, the French manager felt the officials missed a touch off Dominic Calvert-Lewin before awarding the corner that led to Ashley Williams’ headed winner in the 86th minute.

Of course it was no corner. You could see it from our side that it was no corner,” Wenger told the media.

“I think we have to live with the wrong decision and it doesn’t explain why we do not head the ball after you know.

I think I’m really disappointed because Clattenburg was in a really good position to see that play and he gave the ball out, and it’s not the first time we’ve been unlucky with decisions this season.

“Overall I don’t want to speak about the referee too much, it’s not my problem.”

However, Everton manager Koeman reacted to Wenger’s post-match comments by claiming his opposite number had a habit of blaming defeats on officials.

‘I’m not surprised at Wenger’s comments. It’s the third time in a row I have won against Arsenal at home, and three times in a row it was about the referee,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.

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