After Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front with six minutes left, Bellerin enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption as he blasted Arsenal's 90th-minute equaliser. But Wenger's anger wasn't soothed by that dramatic intervention and, recalling the controversial penalty awarded for a handball by Arsenal's Calum Chambers in Sunday's draw at West Brom, he launched another broadside at the officials.
"You ask me if it's a penalty, I say it's a farcical decision."Arsene Wenger gave an honest assessment when asked about Anthony Taylor's decision to award Chelsea a penalty. Full quotes here: https://t.co/wvYzm1Qapi pic.twitter.com/wQN3wDpw9P — Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) January 4, 2018
"We got again a farcical decision on the penalty, but we knew that (could happen) before the game," Wenger said. "You could give 10 penalties like that a game. Since the start of the season it is what we have to take.
Arsene Wenger was NOT a fan of the officiating for Arsenal's clash with Chelsea pic.twitter.com/R4UKaLPIjs— Goal (@goal) January 4, 2018
"I am 35 years in football and I know what I said. "What I find terrible is we just saw a great game and we talk only about this and for me it would be nice if we think about football for a change." Once he had calmed down, Wenger reserved praise for Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, who scored his first league goal for the club since May 2015. Wilshere appeared to have no future with the Gunners when he was sent on loan to Bournemouth last season, but now Wenger says he deserves an England recall.
“I stick to everything I said.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will contest a misconduct charge from the FA. ? pic.twitter.com/uCq61XWCgF — Goal (@goal) January 4, 2018
"He is where not many people expected him to be. Since Euro 2016 he hasn't played for England. I would say that means everyone had given up on him," he said. "Now no one would be surprised if he was selected again. He deserves great credit for that."
Jack Wilshere scores his 1st PL goal since May 2015, the 8th of his career (157th PL app) pic.twitter.com/lT98WcflG7— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 3, 2018
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Wenger should show more respect for the officials as he responded to his rival's complaints. "For sure there is a lot of frustration from the coach after the game. Sometimes we don't agree with them, but we must have great respect for the decision of the referee," he said. Conte also defended Alvaro Morata after the Chelsea striker missed a host of chances to continue his erratic first season in England following his move from Real Madrid.
Fair to say i enjoyed that! I told you on this team we fight till the end. Important we didn't give up and got the point. Thanks to all of the fans tonight, one of the best atmospheres I've experienced at the Emirates! ?❤ pic.twitter.com/ZaoewVj11e— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) January 3, 2018
"For a striker it is very important to score, it is a pity, he had many chances to score, but I'm very happy with his commitment and effort,' Conte said. "This is the first season he is playing with regularity, because he didn't play with Real Madrid and also Juventus. He has to stay calm and continue to play this way, the goals are coming." With Chelsea 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, Conte conceded the champions wouldn't be able to retain the title. "We must be realistic. It is very difficult to catch them. We fight for a place in the Champions League," he said.
Conte: 'This is not a lucky period for [Morata]. In the last game against Stoke, I said it's important for the striker to have chances. Today he had chances to score, but this is football. I am very happy for his commitment.' #ARSCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 3, 2018