Norwich boss Daniel Farke has revealed that several Arsenal players apologised for the late penalty that the Canaries were denied.
Mathieu Debuchy brought Norwich’s James Husband down in the box six minutes before the final whistle during the Canaries’ Tuesday night League Cup clash at the Emirates.
The referee, Andy Madley, denied the penalty despite it looking as if Debuchy grabbed Husband by the neck and now Farke claims that several Arsenal players have apologised for what they feel was an obvious mistake.
“I don’t have to interpret it because several Arsenal players said ‘sorry for you but it was a clear penalty’,” Farke said. “I don’t have to add anything to these comments.”
Despite Eddie Nketiah’s late brace, a penalty would have given Norwich the chance to take the tie to spot-kicks, which probably would have been fair considering they completely outplayed Arsenal until the final five minutes of regular time.
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You can understand why Farke was probably feeling more than a little hard done-by after the final whistle.
Arsenal had 26 shots (10 on target) to Norwich’s 13 (four on target). The Gunners also had 11 corners. However, the Canaries consistently looked the more dangerous of the two when they got forward and Wenger’s side just looked clueless for most of the clash.
The Gunners, despite barely turning up on the night and having to rely on an18-year-old to bail them out, now progress to the fifth round of the Carabao Cup.