Antonio Conte Keen to Rotate Chelsea Squad Against Arsenal

Sheri Evans
January 6, 2018

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte thinks his side should be "disappointed" to only get a point from their 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Wilshere sparked a frantic half hour when his rising left-footed drive beat Courtois at his near post in the 63rd minute.

But Wenger complained afterwards at referee Anthony Taylor's decision to award a penalty to Chelsea, converted by Hazard to level the game, for Bellerin's kick on the Belgium star.

After Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front with six minutes left, Bellerin enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption as he blasted Arsenal's 90th-minute equaliser.

Speaking after the game, Wenger told Sky Sports of his disappointment at the decision: "After that, we got again a farcical decision and mentally we were shocked".

Wenger was hit with an FA charge for his conduct towards referee Mike Dean after the Chambers penalty incident.

Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj scores his side's first goal of the game during the English FA Cup Third Round soccer match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground Nottingham England Sunday Jan. 7 2018
Antonio Conte Keen to Rotate Chelsea Squad Against Arsenal

"It was non-stop football, running up and down", said Bellerin.

The agitated Frenchman will also have to pay a fine totaling £40,000 ($54,225) after being charged by the governing body for his conduct in the match officials' changing room following a 1-1 Premier League draw at West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Eve. "What I find bad is we just saw a great game and we talk only about this and for me it would be nice if we think about football for a change", he said. "He has until 6pm on Tuesday 9 January to respond".

"For a striker it is very important to score, it is a pity, he had many chances to score, but I'm very happy with his commitment and effort".

The club didn't put their first formal offer on the table to Ozil's representative until December - a delay of nearly 10 months - while Wilshere has also yet to be offered a contract, despite Wenger claiming there is a difference in financial terms between club and player.

A disbelieving Conte beat the turf in frustration, admitting the wasted chances cost third-placed Chelsea as they try to catch runaway leaders Manchester City. It is very hard to catch them.

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