Arsene Wenger insists that referee Lee Mason made the right decision by awarding Arsenal a penalty during their 1-0 win over Burnley.
For the third time in a row, the Gunners managed a last-minute win against Burnley and Wenger believes the penalty, which led to their victory, was 100% warranted.
“From outside it looked 100%,” Wenger said post-match.
“I don’t know why he pushed him in the back. I would like to see it again.”
Aaron Ramsey was pushed in the back by the Clarets’ James Tarkowski in the box during the 91st minute and Alexis Sanchez scored the resulting spot-kick.
The Gunners could have been handed another penalty earlier in the game when Robbie Brady clumsily slide-tackled Hector Bellerin. However, nothing was given.
This is Arsenal’s third last-minute victory in a row against Sean Dyche’s side. Last season, at Turf Moor, Laurent Koscielny bundled the ball into the back of the net with his arm, and at the Emirates, when Ben Mee kicked the same centre-back in the face, resulting in a penalty. Just like on Sunday, Alexis was the man to slot the ball home and seal a last-minute win for his side.
Do Burnley just have really bad ‘luck’ against Arsenal? Or do they focus their energy so intently on the first 90 minutes that when stoppage time comes around, they lose their edge?
Whatever it is, the win pushes the Gunners above Tottenham and Liverpool so I’m not complaining.