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Wenger plans to fight FA charge after adding more fuel to fire

By Matt McGeehan

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to contest a charge of misconduct from the Football Association - as he added further criticism of officials following last 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.

Wenger has until 6pm tomorrow to respond, but refutes the charge.

Asked if he planned to contest the charge, Wenger said: "One hundred per cent. You can listen to every interview. 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.

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.

Bellerin and Hazard had differing views on the penalty which got Chelsea back into the game.

Jack Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal since May 2015 to open the scoring for Arsenal, only for a penalty - won and converted by Hazard - and a close-range finish from Marcos Alonso to seemingly win it for the visitors.

However, a stoppage-time strike from Bellerin earned the Gunners a point.

When asked for their thoughts on the penalty award, Bellerin said: "He's always very quick in the box. I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it.

"We both went for the ball at the same time and the referee thought it was a penalty, so we'll have to see the replay."

In response, Hazard joked: "We don't need a replay, yes it's a penalty."

Bellerin was pleased to earn his side a point, adding: "It was great. I haven't scored in a while so it was great to do it for our comeback. I'm happy with the goal.

"It's non-stop football. We know whenever we play them it's always a hard game, there's always a lot of entertainment. It was a great reaction towards the end."

Hazard said: "It was 50-50. Both teams played well. Maybe we should have scored more, but I think a draw was a good result for both teams."

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