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Arsene Wenger Involved in Spat with Ronald Koeman After Draw vs. Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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James DudkoFeatured Columnist IVDecember 23, 2016

Arsene Wenger was reportedly involved in a spat with Ronald Koeman after watching his Arsenal side held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. The two managers apparently clashed in the tunnel after the full-time whistle, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

Cross reported that Wenger angrily confronted referee Lee Mason after the game, with the Gunners' chief irked Mason had failed to call several supposed fouls.

Cross recounted what the managers said: "Wenger said: 'It’s always the same with you.' But Koeman then saw the exchange and confronted Wenger before replying: 'It’s always the same with you.'"

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02 :  Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivil
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Apparently, Koeman was venting his frustrations toward Wenger due to previous supposed incidents between the two, per Cross: "It is believed that Koeman was annoyed after believing Wenger had complained at the officials on the touchline during Arsenal’s defeat at Southampton on Boxing Day."

Cross was referencing the 4-0 away defeat Arsenal suffered at the hands of Southampton back in December. It was another game in which the Gunners struggled to overcome a packed and physical midfield.

Statistics from the latest game show the Saints committed 19 fouls, but that Mason branded only one yellow card, according to Sky Sports.

During the stalemate at the Emirates, it was goalkeeper Fraser Forster who was Arsenal's chief tormentor, as WhoScored.com detailed:

Even Koeman admitted his side had been lucky at times, per the club's official site:

While there were some robust challenges in midfield, Wenger's frustration is more likely borne from his side's tepid form since the turn of the year. Arsenal have taken just three league points from the last 12, a miserable run of form that has seen the Gunners slip to fourth and look far from genuine Premier League title contenders. 

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