Conte critical of referee in Arsenal stalemate

Antonio Conte

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"It was excessive force, yes", Wenger declared after the match. The draw is acceptable, even though we wanted to win. We could have won but overall it was an intense, disciplined and battling game.

The Gunners travelled to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with may pundits ruling out any chance of us coming away with any points whatsoever, but we earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw, and will feel like we could have come come away with more. I hope to be more lucky with the decisions for us and also for the opponent because sometimes the opponent deserved a red card and instead they continued to play with 11 men'.

It is the latest example of the nasty streak Chelsea have developed under Antonio Conte with the unwanted habit of picking up red cards in danger of derailing the Premier League champions' quest for silverware.

"We have great respect for them [officials], but it is very unusual to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men".

Though Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended Luiz, insisting there had been a foul in the build-up to the incident which Oliver should have spotted, former Blues hero Wilkins was damning.

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Arsenal, however, had arguably the better opportunities as Danny Welbeck headed wide from in front of goal and Aaron Ramsey struck a post, Alexandre Lacazette firing the rebound over an open goal. In the match programme, the Brazilian, had warned Chelsea's players to show "emotional control" in what is always a tense game, during which tempers often boil over.

It was a far better performance than the 4-0 loss at Liverpool, though. Arsenal is a really good team, they are a strong team and have a lot of top players'.

It meant Chelsea had a player sent off for the third consecutive match against Arsenal, having had Victor Moses removed in the FA Cup final and Pedro dismissed in the Community Shield.

Luiz is set to miss a League Cup clash with Nottingham Forest and league games against Stoke and Manchester City. All I can say now is it is very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle; for sure there was a foul.

Quite tellingly, Chelsea have received as many red cards in their last five Premier League games (three) as they had in their previous 73.

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