Tony Pulis has accused Alexis Sanchez of cheating during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom.
The West Brom manager wasn’t a happy man after he saw his side go down to two Alexandre Lacazette goals on Monday night.
Most of his anger was directed at referee Bobby Madley, first for not booking Alexis for an alleged dive, and then not giving West Brom a penalty in the first half.
”I think everybody has seen what’s happened today,” Pulis told Sky Sports. “I think if you want to make an example of something, Sanchez actually dives on the edge of the box for the first free-kick. And he should be booked for diving there, in my opinion.
“Then you see the tackle in the box on Jay, the referee’s got a great view, it’s a stonewall penalty. The great thing is everybody has seen it, so they make their decisions. I don’t have to talk about it and I don’t want to talk about it.
“It’s not only a foul, the player could be sent off as well. So it could be a penalty and playing against 10 men.” Mustafi certainly did bring down Rodriguez in the box, although as he wasn’t denying a clear scoring opportunity, there were no grounds for a red card.
Rodriguez got back to his feet quickly and got a shot off on goal. The rebound fell to Jake Livermore, who then put a shot wide. That was enough for Madley to justify playing advantage and not calling the play back.
While the incident was certainly controversial and something Pulis could feel upset by, the accusation of diving smacks of him searching for things to get angry about, in my opinion. He, of course, didn’t mention that Arsenal could have been given three penalties on the night.
Two instances of Arsenal players being held in the box went ignored, though Allan Nyom’s push on Aaron Ramsey was spotted and given in the second-half. In the end, Pulis’ West Brom team didn’t turn up after the break and Arsenal went on to secure a comfortable victory as a result.