FA hands Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger three-game touchline ban

FA hands Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger three-game touchline ban

Jack Wilshere and Hector Bellerin scored for Arsenal while Eden Hazard (penalty) and Marcos Alonso were on target for Chelsea.

Wenger will serve his latest ban from Arsenal's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, and the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

In a separate case, the FA have asked Wenger to provide observations on his remarks about the penalty decisions which went against the Gunners in both of their games over the festive period.

Arsenal manager labelled referee Anthony Taylor's decision to award the penalty as "farcical".

There was more drama seconds from the end when Zappacosta's shot thundered off Cech's crossbar., after the former Chelsea goalkeeper saved an Alvaro Morata strike.

Chelsea, who had recently gone ahead of Manchester United to second in the Premier League table, now stay third by a single point.

Ozil flashed a shot inches wide on 39 minutes before Cesc Fabregas' curling effort drifted wide on the stroke of half-time, after which Cech was on hand to deny Hazard's low effort and Alonso's header in quick succession.


Three days before Christmas, also at The Emirates, Arsenal played a wild 3-3 tie with Liverpool - now in fourth place - in which it scored three goals in five minutes t wipe out a 2-0 deficit but then conceded an equalizer with about 20 minutes remaining.

"Obviously, they are important - they are two big players", he said.

Before he went off for Davide Zappacosta, the 27-year-old's every touch was booed by the Arsenal fans.

Highlighting his performances against London rivals Chelsea, Wenger said Wilshere's return to the England squad will not be a surprise if he continues to perform in the same manner. Pulling themselves together, Arsenal took the ball back down to the other end and almost scored twice, with the ball rolling along the Chelsea goal line until Thibaut Courtois got to it before any Gunners could. "When we looked as though maybe mentally we were shot, we had the resources to come back to 2-2".

"That makes it for me, easier, because when I see the people in front give everything, it makes me want to give everything as well".

"I think it is a pity because when you have so many chances to score you must win the game", said the Italian.

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