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Arsene Wenger furious with decision to award late penalty to West Brom

Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
Arsene Wenger remonstrates with referee Mike Dean (Picture: Reuters)

Arsene Wenger laid into the Premier League and the FA after referee Mike Dean awarded a controversial penalty to West Brom in the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.

West Brom were handed the chance to grab a share of the points when Dean blew for a handball in the box from Calum Chambers.

It seemed a harsh decision from the referee with Chambers’ hand in a natural position when Kieran Gibbs’ cross struck his hand.

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Dean immediately blew for the penalty and Jay Rodriguez dispatched the spot-kick to make it 1-1, much to the fury of Arsenal and their manager.

‘It’s disappointing to see that but what can we do?,’ said Wenger after the game.

‘We can talk and talk and talk but it doesn’t change anything. The Premier League doesn’t face the problem.

Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
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Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
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‘Nor the schedule, nor with the referees. We fought very hard [for referees] to go professional, but the level hasn’t gone up.’

He added: ‘It’s difficult to accept. It’s more the decision involved in that and it’s not the first time.

‘I believe West Brom had five days to prepare and we had three. The Premier League has to look at when the schedule is fair and unfair, on our side it’s unfair.

Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
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Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures

Chelsea (H) – Wed Jan 3
Nottingham Forest (A) – Sun Jan 7 (FA Cup)
Chelsea (A) – Wed Jan 10 (EFL Cup)
Bournemouth (A) – Sun Jan 14
Crystal Palace (H) – Sat Jan 20
Chelsea (H) – Wed Jan 24 (EFL Cup)
Swansea (A) – Tues Jan 30
Everton (H) – Sat Feb 3
Tottenham (A) – Sat Feb 10

Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
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‘Since the start of the season you have to look at it.’

Wenger remonstrated with Dean on the touchline right after the penalty was scored and the Arsenal boss revealed the referee had very little to say.

‘Not a lot,’ Wenger replied, ‘No I will not speak to him [again].’

Wenger was not alone in his anger as Jack Wilshere was cautioned for his reaction to the penalty decision before Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin furiously confronted Dean after the game.

Arsene Wenger reacts to controversial penalty and reveals what Mike Dean said to him
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Cech was handed a yellow card despite the full-time whistle going and the result leaves Arsenal three points behind fourth-place Liverpool.

The Gunners will be bitterly disappointed with their final performance of 2017 after labouring to the draw.

Arsenal had thought they had stolen all three points after James McClean inadvertently turned in Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick in the 83rd minute.

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