What the papers say: Villa nobbled ref says Wenger

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The Sun - Nobbled
ARSENE WENGER last night sensationally accused Martin O’Neill of intimidating referee Lee Mason as Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes were shattered.

The Mirror - Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger and Martin O'Neill in pitch-side clash
Arsene Wenger and Martin O'Neill had to be separated by the fourth official as the tear-up for fourth place turned nasty at Villa Park.

The Daily Mail - Wenger rage: Villa nobbled ref, claims boss after Arsenal slip
Arsene Wenger accused Aston Villa staff of pressuring referee Lee Mason after his Arsenal side threw away a 2-0 lead against Martin O'Neill's men.

The Daily Star - ZAT'S TORN IT
ARSENE WENGER accused Aston Villa of getting at referee Lee Mason as Zat Knight’s injury-time goal kept him out of the top four.

Arsene Wenger clashed angrily with Martin O’Neill as Arsenal used their love for Boxing Day football to tell the Premier League their bid for this season’s title might be stuttering, but it’s not over.

The Times - Stirring comeback ensures Villa can continue to look down on Arsenal
Aston Villa continue to threaten havoc to the established order. Just as it appeared normal service had been resumed, with Arsenal entering stoppage time on the verge of reclaiming fourth place in the Barclays Premier League from Martin O’Neill’s team, Zat Knight popped up to score the goal that keeps Arsenal on the outside looking in.

The Independent - Wenger turns on Villa after O'Neill spat
Arsene Wenger last night lit a claret-and-blue touch paper of resentment and anger by accusing Aston Villa of putting undue pressure on the referee Lee Mason during a drama of passion and commitment in which Arsenal surrendered a two-goal lead, and with it the chance to return to the top four.

The Daily Telegraph - Arsene Wenger fury over referee visit
Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, claimed on Friday evening that the Lancashire referee, Lee Mason, had been influenced into making second-half decisions in Aston Villa's favour after John Robertson, Martin O'Neill's No 2, went to see the official at the interval.

The Guardian - Knight charges in to deny Arsenal and steal draw for valiant Villa
This has the makings of a compulsive rivalry. It registered in a stoppage-time equaliser for Aston Villa, when Stilian Petrov's cross was forced back by Gareth Barry for the centre-half Zat Knight to take a touch and then smite an excellent drive beyond Manuel Almunia.

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