Djourou backs angry Henry
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Johan Djourou has blamed the referee for Arsenal's defeat against CSKA Moscow.
Defender Johan Djourou has blamed the referee for Arsenal's defeat against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.
The Swiss international conceded a free-kick for a challenge on Alexandro Dudu, which was converted by Daniel Carvalho for the game's only goal on 24 minutes.
Nineteen-year-old Djourou was disappointed with referee Manuel Gonzalez's decision in that instance, and in his curious choice to rule out Thierry Henry's second half equaliser because of handball.
"We could have finished with a draw because there were two bad decisions by the referee," Djourou explained.
"On the free-kick, I do not think it was a foul. One on one in the challenge, I did not touch him.
"Later, the referee has said it was handball - which it never was.
"If it had been a foul, then the keeper and defenders would have claimed for it. Nobody did.
"They were two bad decisions."
Arsenal return to the domestic scene away against Premiership newcomers Reading on Sunday, and Djourou is anxious the team do not dwell on the result.
"We have to get on with it and get ready for the next match," he told the club's website.
"We lost the game, but we did not lose the war and we are going to be better again, that is for sure."