Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described the decision to award Eden Hazard a penalty in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea as “farcical”.
The Belgium star equalised from the spot in the second half of a pulsating clash at the Emirates Stadium 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, who had taken the lead through Jack Wilshere in the 63rd minute.
Wenger who controversially claimed he could have committed suicide had Davide Zapaccosta nicked a late for Chelsea was left incensed at the decision to award West Brom a penalty in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns last Sunday and was slapped with a Football Association charge after confronting the officials.
The 68-year-old, who later confirmed he will contest the charge, has risked 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.
“The referees get away with you, the English press. You say nothing,” he fired at a press conference after game.
Earlier Wenger had told Sky Sports: “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.”
Meanwhile Wenger intends to contest a charge of misconduct from the Football Association following his conduct in the referee’s changing room after Sunday’s game against West Brom.
The Arsenal manager was incensed by Mike Dean’s decision to award West Bromwich Albion a late penalty at The Hawthorns in the 1-1 draw.
Wenger was charged on Tuesday and has until 6pm on Friday to officially appeal the charge.
Asked if he would contest the charge, the Frenchman said: “100 per cent. You can listen to every interview I said. I stick to everything I said without a problem.”