Wenger describes penalty decision as 'farcical' as Arsenal and Chelsea play out draw

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Wenger was again unhappy at the referee.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to contest a charge of misconduct from the football Association – as he added further criticism of officials following Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Wenger was on Tuesday charged following his conduct in the referee’s changing room after Sunday’s game against West Brom.

Wenger was furious with referee Mike Dean, who had awarded West Brom a late penalty at the Hawthorns for a handball by Calum Chambers.

Wenger has until 6pm on Friday to respond, but refutes the charge.

Asked if he planned to contest the charge, Wenger said: “100 per cent. You can listen to every interview I said. I stick to everything I said without a problem.”

Wenger was speaking after a pulsating and at times controversial 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

He was infuriated by what he called a “farcical” penalty, which was converted by Eden Hazard after the Belgium playmaker was fouled by Hector Bellerin.

“At the moment we have to face surprising decisions,” Wenger added.

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Analysis of Alexis Sanchez's performance during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

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Alexis Sanchez made only a passing contribution to an otherwise enthralling 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Sanchez had scored three goals in his previous three games but after his early shot was tipped onto both posts by Thibaut Courtois, the Chilean gave way to others in a thrilling London derby.

With the January transfer window now open and Sanchez yet to sign a new deal with Gunners, scrutiny on his performances has increased.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at his display at the Emirates Stadium.

POSITION

Sanchez took his place on the left side of an attacking midfield duo alongside Mesut Ozil and behind Alexandre Lacazette. While Ozil, however, often dropped deeper to form a midfield three with Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka, Sanchez stayed high, hanging off Chelsea’s midfield waiting for a chance to counter-attack.

ATTITUDE

With transfer speculation now in full flow, some might have expected Sanchez’s focus to waver but there was little evidence of that here. He was harrying Chelsea’s back five from the off and when he cleared out Cesc Fabregas from behind late in the first half, there was no shortage of passion in his vociferous protesting towards referee Anthony Taylor. Fabregas smothered him with a smiling hug.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal look on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sanchez struggled to make a telling contribution.

THREAT

Sanchez went closest to a first-half breakthrough as his toe-poked finish was tipped onto one post by Courtois, rolled across the line and hit the other post before staying out. He twice tried to play in Ozil too and almost connected with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ deep cross at the start of the second half, but the ball was just too high. As the match wore on, however, Sanchez’s influence faded.

OVERALL

For a period in the first half it looked as though Sanchez would again be a protagonist in this end-to-end contest but he drifted into the background as the late goals flew in. Few could argue this was a result of off-field distractions, however. Sanchez seemed as committed as ever and after three games in seven days, he may simply have run out of gas.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea ratings as Wilshere gets an 8 but Morata has a shocker

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Jack Wilshere was Arsenal's man of the match.

Following a pulsating 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday night, we take a closer look at how the players rated after an Emirates thriller.

RATINGS

ARSENAL

Petr Cech – 6
Hector Bellerin – 6

Rob Holding – 6
Shkodran Mustafi – 4
Calum Chambers – 5
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 5
Jack Wilshere – 8
Granit Xhaka – 5
Alexis Sanchez – 6
Mesut Ozil – 7
Alexandre Lacazette – 6

SUBSTITUTES
Danny Welbeck (for Lacazette, 80) – 6
Theo Walcott (for Chambers, 88) – 6

Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (L) celebrates after scoring their second goal with Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Game of the season? What a thriller at the Emirates.

CHELSEA

Thibaut Courtois – 8
Victor Moses – 6
Andreas Christensen – 6
Gary Cahill – 6
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
Marcos Alonso – 8
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6
N’Golo Kante – 7
Cesc Fabregas – 7
Eden Hazard – 8
Alvaro Morata – 4

SUBSTITUTES
Davide Zappacosta (for Moses, 56) – 7
Danny Drinkwater (for Fabregas, 71)  – 6
Willian (for Hazard, 82) – 7

Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata (R) has a shot on goal by Arsenal's English defender Rob Holding during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Morata had a night to forget in a Chelsea shirt.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

“It was coming. Terrific goal from @JackWilshere. Great to see him back to full fitness. Never been lacking in ability.” Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) pays tribute to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose goal gave Arsenal the lead.

STAR MAN

JACK WILSHERE

If there was any player that deserved not to be on the losing side it was Wilshere, who continued his recent renaissance with a dynamic display in midfield. Hard in the tackle, inventive in the final third, Wilshere’s emphatic finish to open the scoring was the highlight of another excellent performance. England manager Gareth Southgate will surely be taking note.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

There was enough chances here to win five matches let alone one but Davide Zappacosta crashing a shot against the crossbar at the very end was certainly the most dramatic. After Bellerin had just made it 2-2, Arsenal almost contrived to throw it away again as Alvaro Morata missed a one-on-one before Zappacosta rattled the woodwork with the follow-up.

WHO’S UP NEXT?

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (FA Cup Third Round, January 7).
Norwich v Chelsea (FA Cup Third Round, January 6).

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