Arsene Wenger slams referee Mike Dean after Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea
Arsene Wenger was not happy at all with Mike Dean's performance after Arsenal were reduced to nine men
Arsene Wenger has launched a stinging attack on referee Mike Dean after Arsenal had Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla sent off as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
Kurt Zouma headed in the opener in the 53rd minute in west London from a Cesc Fabregas free-kick, before Eden Hazard fired home with a shot that went in off Calum Chambers in stoppage time.
I cannot understand how he dealt with the situations
Gabriel was sent off in the first half for flicking his heel at Diego Costa, who was lucky not to see red himself for a swipe at Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal captain Cazorla was then shown a second yellow for a late tackle on Fabregas late on at Stamford Bridge.
Wenger felt that referee Dean got the key decisions wrong and that Costa should have been sent off before Gabriel lashed out.
“I would not like to be Mike Dean tonight,” Wenger told BT Sport.
“I cannot understand how he dealt with the situations. Costa twice should be sent off. He hits him in the face on purpose. He makes a fuss of it and in every game he has aggravation and he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee.
“Look at the pictures, and look only at him. We knew before the game he is only looking at that.
“Gabriel should not have responded at all but I think still that the two sending offs for us and Costa staying on the pitch is a shame.”
“We have to accept that now and get on with it.”
Arsenal’s next game is a trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday night.