Arsene Wenger claims that Aaron Ramsey didn’t ‘throw himself to the ground’ against Burnley.
Rambo was apparently attempting to flick the ball on, which is what led to James Tarkowski pushing him in the back in the box and Lee Mason awarding a penalty against the Clarets at Turf Moor on Sunday.
“Ramsey didn’t throw himself on the ground. He said he wanted to flick the ball on and was pushed in the back,” said Wenger post-match.
“It looked from outside a clear penalty. I will have to watch it again.”
As Wenger points out, Hector Bellerin was slide-tackled by Robbie Brady in the box earlier in the game, which should have led Mason to point to the spot once already. However, while the penalty given wasn’t the most stonewall decision ever given, there was contact and after seeing Rambo’s reaction, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Alexis Sanchez hit the spot-kick home and put Arsenal 1-0 up with just seconds left of stoppage time. For the third time, which is oddly amusing.
Not only did the last-minute goal mean the Gunners won the match, we’ve now risen above Liverpool and Spurs into the top four after both sides drew against Chelsea and West Brom respectively.
Wenger’s men now face Huddersfield, who were unlucky to lose to Manchester City at the weekend, on Wednesday. Then, we host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. How fun.