Wenger on controversial penalty: ‘I haven’t seen it’

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2016 6:24

Arsene Wenger claims that he has not seen the controversial penalty awarded to Arsenal against Southampton.

The Gunners looked to be headed for a 1-1 draw against Saints at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with Laurent Koscielny’s first-half strike having cancelled out a Petr Cech own goal.

But Santi Cazorla dispatched a last-minute penalty to rescue all three points for the hosts.

Olivier Giroud was felled by Jose Fonte in the penalty area in second-half stoppage time, but there was debate as to whether a penalty should have been awarded.

“It is a relief, because we missed many chances and they had one or two opportunities having thrown everything forward,” Wenger said.

“I haven’t seen it. They tell me in the dressing room that it was a definite penalty.

“There was a long delay before Santi Cazorla took the penalty – he did very well to score because he felt a heavy mental weight for the team. He played very well, because he helped us get back into the game after we started not fluent and not pacey.

“I also give Laurent Koscielny a lot of credit – he came back from Russia on Thursday and today he scored when we were 1-0 down. Fantastic.”

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