FA question Arsenal boss Wenger about Chelsea comments

Rachel Hardy
January 6, 2018

"I think it is a pity because when you have so many chances to score you must win the game", said Conte.

What so incensed Wenger was Chelsea being awarded a penalty for Bellerin's challenge on Eden Hazard, just after a resurgent Jack Wilshere put Arsenal in front.

Assistant Steve Bould will now be the leading presence on the touchline for Sunday's FA Cup third round tie against Championship side Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and the away leg of Arsenal's Carabao Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday in addition to next weekend's top-flight trip to Bournemouth. "What I find bad 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", he said.

Speaking after the game Wenger said: "It was a great football game".

Watching Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata toil away during this game highlighted the crucial commodity that both strikers are now lacking: confidence. "I'm so proud to play for a big club like Arsenal".

Jon Moss consults with his assistant on the fourth goal before deciding to award
Jon Moss consults with his assistant on the fourth goal before deciding to award

French global striker Lacazette, a club-record £46.5 million summer buy from Lyon, went into this match having failed to score in his previous six outings for Arsenal. We had a good chance to win because we deserved to win.

"(I will contest the charge) 100 percent. "We fight for a place in the Champions League", he said.

It seems inevitable that Sanchez will go, with Manchester City his preferred destination.

Reports on Thursday claimed Hazard was set to escape the retrospective punishment which saw Manuel Lanzini and Oumar Niasse suspended for two games earlier this season, but Wenger, who is already risking a stadium ban, insists the Chelsea forward cheated.

How long Sanchez maintains his form and contribution remains to be seen, but it is better for him and Arsenal if he keeps going as he is, rather than taking his foot off the pedal.

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