By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger believes Nani’s controversial goal against Tottenham at the weekend was simply down to confusion between players and officials.

The Manchester United winger stroked into an empty net at Old Trafford to secure his team a 2-0 victory after Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes had grounded the ball in anticipation of a free kick following a handball by the Portuguese.

But referee Mark Clattenburg had not stopped play - opting to give Tottenham the advantage - and Nani capitalised on Gomes' confusion. Clattenburg has been criticised for his part in the goal but Wenger has sympathy for the official.

“I think it was a misunderstanding between the referee and Gomes,” said the Arsenal manager.

“I can understand the referee because one way to give the advantage Tottenham deserved is to let the game flow because there is five minutes to go.

“If he stops the game with a free kick it slows the game down and allows Man United to come back. So he let the play go on and they had the ball. Gomes didn’t play quickly enough to take advantage of it and he tried to gain a few yards to kick the ball longer and got caught on it.

“Basically there is no big error from any camp, it’s just a misunderstanding between Clattenburg and Gomes.”

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2 Nov 2010