Jay Rodriguez believes he should have been awarded a penalty against Arsenal in Monday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Rodriguez has given his account of the incident, claiming that he felt contact but played on once the referee didn’t give the foul. “I felt contact and was waiting for the foul to be given,” the West Brom man said to Sky Sports.
“But it wasn’t, so I got back up, saw the chance to score and Cech made a good save. For me it was a penalty but some you get, some you don’t. I don’t try and buy free-kicks – I’m honest. But if we did get it, and it was nil-nil, it could have changed the game.”
In my opinion, it’s a credit to Rodriguez that he didn’t make the most of the situation and didn’t confront the referee about the decision. That he got up and played on helped Arsenal get away with not conceding what looked to be a stonewall penalty.
In that sense, Arsenal were fortunate in the first-half. A goal for the visitors inside the first ten minutes could have changed the complexion of the game entirely. West Brom would have had something to defend, while the Emirates crowd would have been even more anxious.
As it was, Arsenal took the lead through Alexandre Lacazette, then secured the victory from the penalty spot after Allan Nyom fouled Aaron Ramsey.