Wenger in hot water over referee comments


Arsenal and Chelsea played an extremely entertaining 2-2 draw at the Emirates tonight, the ending of which featured many twists and turns. Jack Wilshere had given the home side the lead with a rasping shot on 63 minutes, but the advantage lasted for just four minutes.

Until recently, Wilshere had been on the fringes of the Gunners first-team too, but his appearance in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea - which he marked with a fine second-half goal - was his sixth consecutive Premier League start.

Chelsea replied nearly immediately with an Eden Hazard penalty kick after he'd been tripped in the penalty area by Bellerin, and took the lead in the 84th minute when Marcos Alonso headed home Zappacosta's cross.

In his post-match press conference, Wenger again described the penalty award for Bellerin's tackle on Hazard as "farcical".

Arsene Wenger made the extraordinary claim that he knew beforehand his Arsenal team would be the victim of a "farcical" refereeing decision as he continued to rage against perceived injustice at the hands of officials.

Chelsea was still pursuing the victor in the third minute of stoppage time when defender Davide Zappacosta struck the crossbar.

Chelsea tackle Norwich in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, having established themselves as third in the Premier League standings, albeit 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Blues pushed for a victor and they eventually look the lead on 84 minutes, with Marcos Alonso clipping a low shot past Cech after great work from sub Davide Zappacosta.

Three days before Christmas, also at The Emirates, Arsenal played a wild 3-3 tie with Liverpool - now in fourth place - in which it scored three goals in five minutes t wipe out a 2-0 deficit but then conceded an equalizer with about 20 minutes remaining.

"Maybe we should have scored more, we missed some chances".

Chelsea had two quick chances to take the lead, first from Hazard whose low shot was saved by Cech's outstretched leg before diving full length to punch away Alonso's goal bound header.

"It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Friday) at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour ... was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee", the FA said in a statement.

Courtois also made another brilliant save from Alexandre Lacazette down to his left-hand side to keep Chelsea in the game.

Arsenal were not finished, though and in the second minute of stoppage-time, the Gunners rescued a point. Our recent performances have been top quality but you have to say we have not been gifted with luck.

"We must be disappointed, we had a great chance to win, but we must accept the final result".