Adebayor blasts Liverpool defender Arbeloa

Adebayor was handed a second yellow card when he raised his foot and elbow against Arbeloa.

The Gunners striker says Arbeloa fell to the ground as if he had ‘put a knife in him’.

Adebayor said: “The defender threw himself on the floor as if I put a knife in him. I hope when the referee goes home and watches it on the TV, he will see it was a foul but I didn’t deserve a card.

“Of course I’m annoyed. I cannot say he cheated but what he did wasn’t fair play at all.

“It was a mistake by the ref. He said it was for the leg but if I don’t put my body in there I would never score a goal in this league.”

Arsene Wenger also blasted official Howard Webb after the game.

Wenger said: “It was a very soft sending off.

“Today we had the ‘Be a Gooner, Be a Giver’ charity appeal — you cannot say the referee was a Gooner today but he was a giver because he gave us yellow cards we did not deserve.

“Every week I sit in front of you when we play away from home and you say ‘People get in your faces and you cannot cope with it’. Have you seen anybody sent off?

“Do you want me to show you our players and the damage done to them after the game? It’s a joke.”