Wenger didn’t see Welbeck penalty incident

Date published: Thursday 15th March 2018 11:30

Arsene Wenger said he didn’t know whether Danny Welbeck dived to win a penalty in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over AC Milan.

The Gunners were trailing on the night to Hakan Calhanoglu’s dipping long-range shot when Welbeck went down under minimal contact from Ricardo Rodriguez.

Welbeck converted the penalty himself to restore the two-goal lead secured in the first leg in Milan. Granit Xhaka and a Welbeck header made sure of the result as a 3-1 win secured a 5-1 aggregate success.

The penalty was arguably the decisive moment of the night, but Wenger had yet to watch the incident back when he spoke to BT Sport after the game.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Wenger said.

“I don’t want to accuse Danny Welbeck of cheating before I’ve seen it.”

Wenger was less equivocal about who he hopes to avoid in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

“We would certainly want to avoid Atletico Madrid,” he said.

Arsenal have now won three matches on the spin after a damaging run of four straight defeats.

“It’s much better. We needed that to recover from our results,” Wenger said.

“It shows how the team has responded. We had a difficult game but in the end we won it.”

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