As Arsenal held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge Wednesday night, a frustrated Arsene Wenger watching on from the stands, shouted an expletive-riddled rant about Alvaro Morata.
Mid-day through a three game touch-line ban, the Arsenal boss was forced to sit amongst journalists in the press box to watch the semi-final clash.
The Arsenal boss received the touchline ban after comments on Mike Dean’s performances after the game with West Brom at the end of last year, having admitting to a FA misconduct charge for his behaviour towards the ref after the game. He did not contest the charge of abusive language towards the officials after entering their dressing room
As two of English football’s giants were slugging it out for a place in a Wembley cup final, the Frenchman cut an entertaining figure up in the press box, as his animated actions and cries and gasps were followed by sheepish glances behind him to see if anyone noticed, not least the working journalists.
At one point he managed a smile as Arsenal launched rare attack, but soon reverted to grumpiness, flinging his right arm in the air in fury when Chelsea were awarded a free-kick after Xhaka’s challenge on Hazard.
Then after Chelsea awarded a free-kick for a foul on Arsenal striker Alvaro Morata, Wenger really dropped his guard and mumbled obscenities to himself. Questioning how many free-kicks Morata wins he mumbled: ‘Every time he [Alvaro Morata] goes down it’s a f****** free-kick.’
The Gunners boss told the media after the match: “I think you are well treated in the stadiums because you have good positions.”
The London rivals’ seventh encounter since the start of last season ended in a goalless draw but gave Arsenal their first clean sheet in a troubling six match sequence.