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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied seeing any food being thrown in the tunnel after Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Wenger also denies calling Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy a cheat.

Newspapers have reported that soup and/or pizza was hurled at United manager Alex Ferguson after the game which ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten league run.

“I don’t know about that. I haven’t seen it if something was thrown,” Wenger told a news conference on Tuesday.

“Nothing happened. There’s no story. I wasn’t angry after the game,” he said when asked about allegations that he lost his temper.

Asked about calling Van Nistelroooy a cheat, Wenger denied he had said anything of the sort.

“I cannot deny what I did not say,” Wenger said when asked if he had called the Dutch striker a cheat.

Referee Mike Riley came in for criticism from Wenger.

“I don’t feel he had enough authority on the game,” Wenger said. “(Jose Antonio) Reyes has been kicked off the park.

“I don’t question his (the referee’s) honesty but he didn’t protect well enough the spirit of the game.

“When you have a game like that shown in 75 countries…it was a bad promotion for English football.”

“Man United did not play with the spirit we like to play (with),” he said.

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