Arsenal bench boss Arsene Wenger took aim at referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos following his side’s latest hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich, scolding the match official after the Gunners were sent packing from the Champions League by virtue of a second consecutive 5-1 loss to the Bundesliga behemoth.

“I’m absolutely revolted and sorry for the people who paid a lot of money to watch this game,” he said of the officiating, per the BBC.

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Arsenal, eliminated from Europe’s showpiece competition at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive campaign, dominated the opening half and went into the interval 1-0 up thanks to a scorching effort from Theo Walcott.

While a comeback was always going to be unlikely, the match devolved into a farce for the north London club when captain Laurent Koscielny was controversially sent off early in the second half; the Frenchman was adjudged to have fouled Robert Lewandowski in the area, and after consultation with his official behind the goal, Sidiropoulos made the surprising decision to send Koscielny off.

He had initially decided to show the Arsenal captain just a yellow card.

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That, in conjunction with a first-half incident in which the home side wasn’t awarded a penalty of its own for an apparent foul on Walcott, left Wenger fuming after the final whistle.

“I feel we produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky with some of the decisions,” the French gaffer said.

“It’s definitely a penalty on Theo Walcott, Lewandowski is offside, and after the red card it was very difficult for us to finish the game. My team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well.

“Down to 10 men you have to score four goals. It becomes impossible in the head of the players. Lewandowski is offside, it’s not a penalty, and then on top of that he gives a yellow card and on top of that he gives a red card.”

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