Arsene Wenger and skipper Thierry Henry were critical of the referee following Arsenal’s his side’s 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Barca scored twice in the last 15 minutes to win and Wenger said: “The referee made a big mistake at a crucial moment – their first goal was offside.

“The way we lost is very difficult to take because we played fantastically, like we have the whole European season.

“But in the final, people only remember the team that has won.”

Arsenal captain Thierry Henry was equally disappointed with referee Terje Hauge’s after watching his team succumb late on in Paris.

“I was kicked all over the place. Carles Puyol and Rafael Marquez should have got yellow cards,” he said.

“To defend against me with a yellow card – it’s not the same game any more. I expected the referee to do his job. I don’t think he did.”

Of his future at Arsenal, Henry added: “I’ll start to think about it tonight.”

However, Henry did agree with Hauge’s decision to send off Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann for a foul on Samuel Eto’o after 18 minutes.

“It was a clear sending-off for Jens but if they didn’t want us to win, just should have just said it from the start,” he said.

“It was more than difficult. Next time I’m going to learn how to dive maybe.”

But Henry said that Henril Larsson was the difference between the two sides.

“Everyone was talking about Ronaldinho before the game. I didn’t see him today and I didn’t see Eto’o,” he said.

“Henrik Larsson made the difference by setting up two goals. That was the key.

“We can be proud, we can be more than proud but I’m sorry, some of the refereeing today was horrendous.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he did not know how the outcome would affect Henry’s future.

“I do not know how difficult it will be but we will try to do keep him,” he said.

“But it is not in my hands. It is in Thierry’s.”