Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has risked further censure from the English FA following his criticism of refereeing decisions in Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Arsenal raced to a lead through Jack Wilshere after a second half of dominance but were pegged back after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Hazard in the box.
The referee immediately pointed to the spot to the fury of Arsenal fans who protested against yet another “soft penalty decision”. Arsene Wenger has already been charged by the FA over his comments following Arsenal’s match with West Brom as referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty for what appeared to have been very minimal contact.
Despite The FA Charging Wenger with using abusive language and a possible stadium ban, the Arsenal gaffer insists he will appeal the charge. “One hundred per cent. You can listen to every interview I said, and I stick to everything I said without any problem.” The Arsenal gaffer stated. ” I am 35 years in football – I know what I say after the game. I stand up for what I said.”
He was equally feisty in the aftermath of Wednesday’s match and did not mince words in railing against the penalty decision.
“We got again a farcical decision on a penalty, but we knew that as well before,” he said. “Since the start of the season it is what we have to take. You could give 10 penalties like that a game.
“We have to account in our preparation for that’s what we have to face. You see good football, unfortunately, you see as well bad decisions. Games are spoiled by factors you cannot determine. It’s all opinions. But when your opinions go the same way – what is repeated is not coincidence.” Asked what he meant by saying that he “knew that as well before”, Wenger said: “I mean nothing. You are always more intelligent than everybody. So you can guess what happens.”
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte on the other hand insisted he had not seen the incident while the player who drew the penalty Eden Hazard, insisted it was the correct decision.