Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (C) watches from the stands as he continues to serve a touchline ban during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on February 4, 2017.<br />Ian KINGTON / AFP
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Marcos Alonso’s opening goal for Chelsea should have been ruled out after his side crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin had to go off after being caught in the face by Alonso’s forearm as the wing-back leapt to put Chelsea in front in the 13th minute.
Eden Hazard, with a sublime solo goal, and Cesc Fabregas put the game to bed for Chelsea, who now have a 12-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.
“It was a foul. It was 100 percent a foul. It was even dangerous play,” said Wenger, who watched the game from the stands as he served the third game of a four-match touchline ban.
“That doesn’t take anything away from the performance of Chelsea.” Wenger revealed Bellerin had been left so dazed by Alonso’s challenge he did not know his side were trailing as he left the pitch.
But when Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked if Alonso had fouled Bellerin, who was replaced by Gabriel, he replied: “In England, never. No.” Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead with a sublime solo goal in the 53rd minute, scything through the Arsenal defence from the centre circle before lifting a shot over his former teammate Petr Cech.