Arsène Wenger says Arsenal were punished for chasing the game at Chelsea on Saturday.
The Gunners fell behind to two early goals after being caught out by the home side’s swift counter-attacks at Stamford Bridge. A third goal, scored from the penalty spot after Kieran Gibbs was mistakenly sent off, ended the game as a contest.
Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
“It looked like we missed the start of our game and were caught on the counter-attacking,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“We had a desire to accept to play and to go forward, but we were caught on the break. After that of course the game became very long because down to 10 men, down to 3-0, it became of course an impossible task.
“We tried to come back and we always continue to have a go and I give credit to the players for that at least. We tried to score a goal but it was too difficult. When you have to attack with 10 men and you’re down 3-0, you know you have more chances to concede another goal. That’s what happened.”
Also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain escaped punishment for giving away a penalty at Chelsea but is expected to feature in Arsenal’s next match against Swansea City on Tuesday night following a decision by the FA favouring Arsenal’s appeal.
The FA statement read…
An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.