By Chineze Ogugua
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is an unhappy man after last night’s derby which he described the decision to award Eden Hazard a penalty in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea as “farcical”.
After a goalless first half, Jack Wilshere had given the Gunners a one nil lead before four minutes later, Eden Hazard equalised from the spot after Hector Bellerin caught the sole of his boot when stretching to clear the ball from the Arsenal box.
Marcos Alonso then scored a second for the visitors before Bellerin atoned with a brilliant strike in second-half injury time for the Gunners.
However, Wenger was infuriated by the decision of Anthony Taylor to make a ‘farcical’ decision in awarding the penalty.
The Frenchman has already been slapped with a charge over his confrontation with officials over giving West Brom a penalty in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns last Sunday.
This rant will further risk further aggravating English football’s governing body after suggesting his side have been unfairly treated since the start of the season and that reporters were partly to blame.
He said after the game: “We were first on the scoresheet and after that we again got a farcical decision.”
“It looked like, mentally, we were shot and we could have lost the game but we had the resources to come back to 2-2. In the end, maybe it’s a fair result.”
“We know what we get. Look since the start of the season; it is what we have to take. We cannot influence that.”
“You ask me if it’s a penalty, I say it’s a farcical decision. You can give 10 penalties like that per game.”
“You decide what you want. Read the foreign newspapers and what they write about that, and the English newspapers and what they write, and you’ll see the difference.”
“When you come here, you see football. Unfortunately, the games are always spoiled by factors you can’t master.”
“You can only do one thing – to continue to play the way we want to play and hope that, at some stage, things will go for us.”
Wenger also called for the introduction of VAR to cub such cases but will have to wait to know his fate from the FA in the coming days.
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