Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he was “fully confident” he made no contact with Chelsea’s Victor Moses after the Nigerian winger fell in the box in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Speaking on Arsenal.com, the former Southampton man revealed his thought process when going up against Moses at Wembley, describing how he was going to challenge for the ball but retracted his foot as to not give away a cheap penalty.
But Moses nevertheless went down despite there being no contact from the Arsenal man and was given a second yellow card for simulation in the second-half as a result. Oxlade-Chamberlain operated as a makeshift left wing-back for the final against Chelsea and helped his side win their third FA Cup in four seasons.
“I didn’t fear the worst, not at all. I think obviously when he went inside there was a moment when I sort of went to go for the ball, and then I thought he might just be a little bit ahead of me so I decided to pull out and not go for it,” he said.
“So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn’t really go in my mouth. I didn’t realise he was on a yellow so when (the sending off) happened that was more of a surprise for me.
“But I knew I didn’t go anywhere near him and obviously it helped us to victory in the end.”