One week after and as both teams square up in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still very angry at the penalty awarded Chelsea when Eden Hazard was djudged to have been tripped by Hector Bellerin in the exciting 2-2 draw between both sides at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman still insist Hazard cheated to win the penalty when he went down under a challenge from Bellerin, the Blues winger picking himself up to convert the resulting penalty.
Wenger repeatedly labelled the decision by match official Anthony Taylor “farcical” after the game and despite serving a three-match touchline ban as a result of separate comments about Premier League refereeing, continues to criticise the Belgian.
“I questioned the decision of the referee,” said Wenger. “Then, we are objective. You look at the picture.
“You see how Hazard goes down and you see how quickly he takes the penalty when he gets the penalty.
“If he was so injured, why did he take the penalty? He made more of it, [like a] professional, basically, and shouts. I can understand that.
“I do not blame Hazard. He acted in a very professional way to get the penalty for his team, which he did well.”
Wenger will be forced to watch from the stands at Stamford Bridge after being charged and fined by the Football Association having confronted referee Mike Dean following his side’s Premier League draw at West Brom.
And the Frenchman recounted an unhappy memory of when he was previously banned from the touchline for a game at Chelsea.
“I was in the middle of the crowd. [It was] very uncomfortable,” Wenger said of last season’s 3-1 loss at Chelsea in the league.
“It was not a pleasant experience. But at Chelsea you have to go on the other side to go in the directors’ box. So the time [it takes to] get around the stadium, it’s 10 minutes played.
“I sat next to a guy. He says ‘Hello, how are you?’ And I said, ‘Good afternoon.’ He said, ‘I’m your gardener.’ And I didn’t know him.”