EPL: Angry Wenger Laments Ref’s Penalty Decision
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is angry at the referee’s decision to award a last-minute penalty to West Brom in Sunday’s English Premier League that ended 1-1.
Alexis Sanchez's deflected free-kick had put Arsenal ahead with seven minutes remaining to play.
But they were forced to share the spoil when Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled a cross by former Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs, and Jay Rodriguez converted the penalty nicely.
Wenger, who achieved his record-breaking 811th Premier League game in charge was not happy with the decision and outcome of the game.
"I think the referee has not even seen it, he's not seen it.
"That's my opinion, but he will tell you he has seen it. But we have to live with the decision and deal with it and swallow it and go for the next game.
"It wasn't a penalty. It was not a deliberate handball. The arm was not up. You can not play football when you are as close as that. It is impossible. Where do you put your arms when you move, in your pocket? There are no pockets in the shorts.
"I'm angry because we see and see the same things again. We fought very hard years ago for the referees to become professional and yet we see no improvement and you can not say a word against it because they are untouchable."
The result left Arsenal in 5th spot, three points behind 4th placed Liverpool.
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