Arsene Wenger blasts referee's performance

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on the touchline at Stamford Bridge on January 20, 2013
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that referee Martin Atkinson got a number of decisions wrong in yesterday's defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that neither of Chelsea's goals in yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge should have counted.

The Gunners conceded twice in the first half, courtesy of a Juan Mata strike and a Frank Lampard penalty.

Weneger was adamant that referee Martin Atkinson failed to give a foul on Francis Coquelin in the build-up to Mata's opener.

The Arsenal boss also feels that Ramires could have been booked for diving after the Blues were awarded a spot kick when the Brazilian midfielder tangled with Wojciech Szczesny.

He told reporters: "The referee gave many free kicks today. Some were much less than the Coquelin one, it's frustrating.

"It doesn't mean that we should have conceded the goal, but it's frustrating because in the big games, these kind of decisions have big importance.

"He could have given Ramires a yellow card for the penalty as well."

Arsenal are now seven points adrift of a Champions League spot in sixth place.

Frank Lampard celebrates in front of the Chelsea fans after scoring a penalty and his team's second goal against Arsenal on January 20, 2013
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