Wenger slammed for 'sour grapes' as Drogba runs riot

CHELSEA manager Carlo Ancelotti accused opposite number Arsene Wenger of sour grapes after a vintage performance from Blues striker Didier Drogba torpedoed Arsenal&rsquo;s Premier League title aspirations.<br /><br />Drogba demonstrated his taste for running the Gunners ragged with a fine brace while unlucky Thomas Vermaelen put into his own net as the Blues reasserted their five-point lead at the top of the table.<br /><br />Arsenal, in fourth place and now 11 points adrift of Chelsea, look to be out of the title race &ndash; a hammer blow that prompted Wenger to blame referee Andre Marriner for disallowing an Andrey Arshavin strike that would have made it 2-1.<br /><br />But Ancelotti said: &ldquo;I think they are upset because they lost. I think it was a foul on Petr Cech.&rdquo;<br /><br />And the Italian also hit back at Wenger&rsquo;s suggestion that match-winner Drogba, who has now netted 10 in his last nine games against the Gunners, &ldquo;does not do a lot&rdquo;.<br /><br />&ldquo;He did two goals and for me it is a good job,&rdquo; Ancelotti added. &ldquo;He did a very good job in the second half, defending with his team-mates and maintaining balance in our team.&rdquo;<br /><br />Arshavin&rsquo;s strike early in the second half was ruled out because Marriner judged striker Eduardo to have kicked the ball out of goalkeeper Cech&rsquo;s hands, but Wenger called the decision &ldquo;a massive mistake&rdquo;.<br /><br />&ldquo;He cannot say one of our players has kicked the ball out of the hands of Cech,&rdquo; said the Frenchman. &ldquo;He said dangerous play. Eduardo wasn&rsquo;t even in there. <br /><br />&ldquo;The referee got the turning point of the game wrong. Our title race has had a big blow.&rdquo;<br /><br />Imperious Chelsea have now won five league games in a row without conceding, and Arsenal failed to seriously threaten either statistic, even if they enjoyed much of the ball in the opening exchanges. <br /><br />The complexion of the game changed dramatically three minutes before half-time, however, when Drogba opened his body to guide Ashley Cole&rsquo;s left-wing cross into the far corner, via post and bar. <br /><br />Before the interval came it was 2-0, and game over, when Vermaelen unwittingly touched in an almost identical delivery fromCole, who was booed his every touch from the fans of his former club.<br /><br />Arsenal, augmented by substitute Theo Walcott, emerged post-interval desperate to hit back, but their belief visibly drained after Arshavin&rsquo;s effort was disallowed. <br /><br />And it was Chelsea, playing with the swagger of champions-elect, who struck again, Drogba curling a superb free-kick past Manuel Almunia in the dying moments.