Gunners chief’s latest rage at a ‘ridiculous’ decision masks a much bigger headache for his team – giving away far more spot-kicks than all their rivals for a top-four place
ARSENE WENGER’S latest rage over a penalty decision is all part of a huge spot of bother for Arsenal.
The Gunners have conceded more Premier League spot-kicks since the start of last season than any other club – and FAR MORE than their main rivals.
Watford’s Richarlison wins a penalty against Hector Bellerin – does he dive?
Arsenal boss Wenger slated a “ridiculous” decision as Hector Bellerin was penalised for a gentle challenge on Richarlison, enabling Troy Deeney’s spot-kick to spark a 2-1 comeback win for Watford on Saturday.
But the Frenchman might want to look at the bigger picture before he feels too aggrieved.
The Mirror have put figures together showing it was the 11th penalty the Gunners have conceded in 14 months of Prem action.
That is one more than the next-worst offenders West Ham and Southampton – but more importantly it is FIVE MORE than any of Arsenal’s traditional top-six rivals.
Wenger said of the Gunners’ Vicarage Road setback: “We were unlucky. That penalty was a bit ridiculous.
“It came at a moment in the game where it was absolutely important for Watford. No penalty, no goal.”
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But Watford striker Troy Deeney had a unique justification for the verdict: “He [Bellerin] his long hair in the way, he can’t see. It’s a penalty.”
Meanwhile, Hornets boss Marco Silva insisted Brazilian Richarlison was blameless.
Silva said: “I didn’t see a dive or a simulation.
“Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.