'Wenger was lucky with the referee' - Conte slams Arsenal manager

  • 'Wenger was lucky with the referee' - Conte slams Arsenal manager

'Wenger was lucky with the referee' - Conte slams Arsenal manager

Wilshere had given Arsenal the lead with his first league goal since May 2015, but there were doubts over whether the midfielder should have been on the pitch.

The contentious penalty on Wednesday was awarded for a Hector Bellerin challenge on Eden Hazard and Wenger remains adamant in his belief that referee Anthony Taylor got it wrong. You could give 10 penalties like that a game.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke post match about another "farcical decision" by the referee which cost his sides valuable points which resulted in the Gunners remaining adrift of the top four as they sit in sixth position - five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

But it would be Bellerin who had the final say in the dying seconds as he bagged a late leveller to earn a share of the spoils.

Chelsea almost hit straight back to snatch all three points but again Morata's shot lacked conviction and Zappacosta's follow up cannoned off the crossbar to the relief of the Arsenal fans who had hardly finished celebrating before the Italian struck the woodwork.

Ozil flashed a shot inches wide on 39 minutes before Cesc Fabregas' curling effort drifted wide on the stroke of half-time, after which Cech was on hand to deny Hazard's low effort and Alonso's header in quick succession. Bellerin then equalised in stoppage time after Marcos Alonso had given Chelsea a late lead. "Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him".

A minute later Lacazette nearly doubled the lead but his shot inside the box was saved by Courtois.

He also defended his striker Alvaro Morata after the Spaniard missed three one-on-one chances.

Video of the entire news conference is embedded above, and you can see Wenger's throwaway line about committing suicide around the 6:30 mark.

Wenger said before the game against Chelsea: "I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season - at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom".

"Instead we are talking about a draw against a good team, but in this game we deserved to win as we created a lot of chances".

The chances continued to fall in the first half and Cech had to be at his best in the 27th minute to keep out Tiemoue Bakayoko's close range strike after the Arsenal defence was caught napping.