Arsene Wenger stayed relatively diplomatic on the penalty incident that infuriated his opposite number Tony Pulis during last night’s 2-0 win over West Brom.
Shkodran Mustafi clearly slid in and took the legs from underneath Jay Rodriguez, but referee Bobby Madeley played an advantage, from which the Baggies almost scored – only a great save from Petr Cech denied them the goal.
Afterwards, the Arsenal manager was asked about the incident, and said, “The referee left the advantage and they nearly scored from that, they hit the post and I think the decision is defendable on both sides had he given a penalty or not.
“He left the advantage, if he gives a penalty and doesn’t give the advantage and they miss the penalty then you say why did he not leave the advantage, it’s this kind of situation.”
His view was not shared by the West Brom manager, who insisted the referee had got it wrong.
“Jay is very honest and does not get rewarded,” he said. “Everyone saw what happened. Sanchez actually dives for the first free-kick and he should be booked for diving.
“Then you see the tackle in the box. The referee had a great view. Everyone has seen it and can make their minds up.
“It’s not only a foul but the player can be sent off as well. It can be a penalty and playing against 10 men but let’s forget about the referee.”
To be fair, it’s easy to see where he’s coming from on this one. However, it’s also very easy to laugh at Tony Pulis, so while we hope someone has a quiet word with Mustafi about his stupid sliding, we’ll just chuckle away to ourselves here.