Arsene Wenger to challenge FA’s misconduct charge following West Brom draw

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.

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Arsenal players were unhappy with Mike Dean’s decision (Martin Rickett/PA)

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.

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Arsene Wenger was unhappy with the penalty given to Chelsea (John Walton/Empics)

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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