FA question Arsenal boss Wenger about Chelsea comments

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Wilshere sparked a frantic half hour when his rising left-footed drive beat Courtois at his near post in the 63rd minute. "And we got again a farcical decision on the penalty but ... we knew that (would happen) as well before, so we had to deal that".

With Swedish outfit Ostersund awaiting in the last 32 of the Europa League, that competition may now offer Arsene Wenger's team their best hope of a return to European football's premier competition next season. I would say that means everyone had given up on him. "He deserves great credit for that", he said.

No wonder Wenger was in full deflection mode after dropping yet more points in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

The draw leaves the Blues third in the Premier League standings ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Wenger, who was charged with misconduct, received a four-game touchline suspension and fined £25,000 after his altercation with fourth official Taylor at the end of Arsenal's last-gasp defeat of Burnley in January 2017, was given until 18.00 GMT on Tuesday 9 January to respond to that separate request.

"For sure there is a lot of frustration from the coach after the game".

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

Asked about the performance of Alvaro Morata, who missed a number of chances, Conte added: "It is not luck in this period, he has to continue to work and continue to improve".

The club didn't put their first formal offer on the table to Ozil's representative until December - a delay of nearly 10 months - while Wilshere has also yet to be offered a contract, despite Wenger claiming there is a difference in financial terms between club and player. "He has to stay calm and continue to play this way, the goals are coming", Conte said.

"We must be realistic. We fight for a place in the Champions League", he said.

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