4 January 2018
Arsene Wenger has declared his intention to fight a FA misconduct charge after describing the penalty Arsenal conceded in Wednesday night’s 2 – 2 draw with Chelsea as “farcical”.
The Gunners boss bemoaned the focus on refereeing decisions after a pulsating contest at the Emirates Stadium, although his comments heaped scrutiny on referee Anthony Taylor.
Taylor awarded a penalty for a foul by Hector Bellerin on Eden Hazard, who scored from the spot to level at 1 – 1. Bellerin then equalised in stoppage time after Marcos Alonso had given Chelsea a late lead.
Wenger said: “What I find terrible is that we have just seen a great football game and we talk only about things nothing to do with football.
“For me it would be nice to at some stage talk about football again.”
Moments earlier and without being asked about it, Wenger had said of the penalty: “We got again a farcical decision on the penalty, but we knew that as well before (the game).
“At the moment we have to face surprising decisions.”
The Arsenal manager also addressed the charge which followed Sunday’s game against West Brom.
Wenger was furious with referee Mike Dean, who had awarded the Baggies a late penalty at the Hawthorns for a handball by Calum Chambers, and has been charged for his conduct in the officials’ changing room.
He has until 6pm on Friday to respond, but refutes the charge.
Asked if he planned to contest the charge, Wenger said: “100 per cent. You can listen to every interview I said. I stick to everything I said without a problem.”