Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger angered by Martin Atkinson decisions in Chelsea game

Arsene Wenger was a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger vented his frustration at referee Martin Atkinson as Arsenal crashed to another big-game defeat at Chelsea.

The Gunners have won just one league encounter against the five teams currently above them in the Barclays Premier League so far this season and were beaten 2-1 at snowy Stamford Bridge. It was a result which left them 11 points adrift of the Blues in third and cast major doubt on their top-four credentials.

Arsenal were simply awful in the first half today but manager Wenger was as critical of Atkinson as he was of his own players, insisting neither Chelsea goal should have stood.

Wenger was livid on the touchline as Juan Mata fired the home side ahead moments after Ramires appeared to foul Francis Coquelin.

The Frenchman's mood was not improved when Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was adjudged to have brought down Ramires in the box, claiming the Brazilian should have been booked for diving.

Wenger said: "The referee gave a lot of free-kicks today, and some much less than the Coquelin one. It's frustrating.

"It doesn't mean we should have conceded the goal but, in the big games, these decisions have big implications."

Admitting he was "surprised" Atkinson did not send off Szczesny after penalising him for a last-man foul, Wenger added: "He could have given Ramires a yellow card as well."