Wenger fumes over ‘scandalous’ penalty as Arsenal crash

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first_img“We had many situations when we could have scored the second and didn’t.“After that we were unlucky because the decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous.“Then we panicked a bit in the last seconds. We didn’t need to give the ball away.” Iwobi dribble pass Watford playersWatford, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger claimed Arsenal were the victims of a “scandalous” penalty decision in their shock 2-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday.Wenger’s side were leading through Per Mertesacker’s first half goal when referee Neil Swarbrick ruled that a challenge from Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin on Richarlison was worthy of a penalty.Television replays suggested Richarlison made the most of minimal contact, but Watford’s Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Arsenal trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by nine points and Wenger admitted his side had paid the price for a sloppy second half display.“We dropped our level in the second half. We lost our fluency, despite that we had the chances to score two or three,” he said.Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Tom Cleverley struck Watford’s winner in stoppage-time to hand Arsenal their first defeat in eight games in all competitions.Gunners boss Wenger was furious with the penalty, saying: “It was a scandalous decision, but what can we do? Nothing.“You can talk and talk but at the end of the day they scored.last_img

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