Marcos Alonso says the forearm smash he delivered to Hector Bellerin, which rendered the Arsenal full-back almost unconscious and left him concussed, was not a foul.
The Chelsea player headed his side in front moments after leaving his Spanish compatriot twitching on the floor, but despite leading with his elbow in what was clearly dangerous play, he says there was no foul play on his part.
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While nobody is saying there was any real intent on Alonso’s part, it was still reckless play that endangered the safety of an opponent – as evidenced by the fact Bellerin landed flat on his back and had to undergo some minutes of treatment before being taken off.
Such was the impact of this ‘not a foul’, that Arsene Wenger revealed afterwards that the 21 year old didn’t even realise a goal had been scored.
“I’m sorry for Bellerin but I didn’t foul him,” said Alonso, who was lucky to escape without even a booking for his actions.
“I jumped a bit higher and got to the ball first, I didn’t even see him coming so I don’t think it’s a free-kick.
“I feel sorry for him, he’s a good friend but I didn’t see him. I hope he’s okay.”
Which is all well and good, except it was a foul, and Premier League guidelines regarding concussion mean that Bellerin could well miss this weekend’s game against Hull – more details on that here.
It means Arsene Wenger will have to decide between playing Gabriel out of position, or bringing back one of his two out of favour right-backs, Carl Jenkinson or Mathieu Debuchy.