Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Thierry Henry dismisses Arsene Wenger's complaints after Arsenal's 3-1 loss to Chelsea

Thierry Henry has dismissed Arsene Wenger’s claims that Hector Bellerin was fouled in the build-up to Chelsea’s opening goal against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Spanish right-back was clattered to the ground by Marcos Alonso as the Chelsea defender headed home to put the Blues 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge in the 13th minute.

Bellerin had to be substituted after suffering a knock in the challenge, before goals from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas put the result beyond doubt in west London.

Olivier Giroud netted a late consolation for Wenger’s men but it ended up being a humiliating loss for the Gunners.

Wenger claimed in this post-match interview that Bellerin was fouled by Alonso as the Spaniard scored Chelsea’s opener. 

However, Arsenal legend Henry was quick to dismiss those claims after the game. Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Henry said of Wenger’s comments: “He’s going to say that.

“If you’re a neutral, he attacked the ball like he should’ve attacked the ball.

He carries momentum, it looks bad, that’s what it is, but I think it’s a fair challenge.

“They are both looking at the ball, he jumps in the air, I think it’s a goal.

“Going back to what Arsene said, I can understand from the Arsenal corner that he’s going to say that – is that why you lost the game? I don’t think so.

“Things went your way the other game against Burnley, things are going to go your way against Everton, so, you know, things come and go.

“But the way they played today, we knew, be careful against Chelsea, you’re going to exposed on the counter if you don’t sense the counter quick enough, and that’s where I think they lost the game today.”

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