Arsene Wenger says that the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates tonight was a fantastic game of football, but hit out at Anthony Taylor’s decision to award Chelsea a penalty shortly after Jack Wilshere had put the Gunners ahead.
Hector Bellerin did make contact with Eden Hazard, but his exaggerated reaction led to the referee pointing to the spot, a decision the Arsenal manager called ‘farcical’ after the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “It was a fantastic football game, and overall I believe that it could have gone both ways.
We were first on the score sheet, and after that we got a farcical decision and then we looked like mentally, we were shot, and then we could have lost the game, but after we had the resources to come back to 2-2 and in the end maybe it’s a fair result.”
Pressed on the penalty, Wenger railed, “You asked me ‘Is it a penalty?’
“I said it is a farcical decision. You could give ten penalties like that per game.
“You will read the foreign newspapers and what they write about that and look after at the English newspapers and you see what they write about, and you’ll see the difference.”
The Frenchman is facing FA charges for comments made to Mike Dean following another contentious penalty award last Sunday, and was asked if he was going to contest them.
“100 per cent,” he said. “You can listen to every interview I said. I stick to everything I said without a problem.”
A little disingenuous, as the charges stem from comments he made to the referee after the game and away from the media, but let’s never forget that Mike Dean is a useless flute.