Arsenal came out fighting in the second half of the Chelsea game today and when Jack Wilshere put us ahead it looked like the Blues were on the ropes and the Gunners were pushing hard for the second goal to put the game to bed. But Chelsea were given a penalty which Eden Hazard obviously scored and our local rivals were suddenly back in the game.
Wenger obviously thinks that the penalty was not so obvious as the referee thought and he called it a farcical decision, but it was only to be expected when Arsenal play nowadays. “I think it was a great football game,” Wenger said. “where we saw fantastic action on both sides and a game where we have shown great mental resources. I knew before the game that the last 20 minutes could be difficult for us, because we have a big disadvantage with the schedule. We got, again, a farcical decision but we knew that as well before, so we have to deal with that. That’s it basically.”
But he was also unhappy that the media didn’t want to talk about the football. “Look, what I find terrible is that we have just seen is a great football game and we talk only about things that are nothing to do with football. At some stage, you stand up in the morning and you say ‘we have seen a great football game’ but you are not interested in that. For me, that would be nice, that at some stage we speak about football again. What are we talking about? It’s nothing to do with football.”
“What I am finding is just what I want to tell you. I would love to talk about football, because that is what I love. We have seen a great football game tonight, but what are we talking about? Not about football.”
So Wenger expected another penalty to be given against us, and he also thinks that Arsenal would not be down in 6th position in the table if our club hadn’t been mistreated by the refereeing decisions, and that is why we are so far from the top. “That is very frustrating, I agree with you. We have to look at ourselves as well, but still, I think it was a great football game and when you look recently our performances have been top quality. The regret we have is that we have not the results that we could have had. Certainly that is part of our problem, but as well on the other side, you have to say that we have not been gifted this luck.”
So it looks like we will be talking about referees for yet another week….