Despite complaints from the West Ham support, David Moyes told the media he thinks Anthony Taylor got the Arsenal penalty decision right.
For the most part, Arsenal’s win over West Ham United on Wednesday was very well earned.
Mikel Arteta’s side made good chances, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe popped up with a couple of excellent finishes, and the Gunners limited their opponents to only a couple of sights of goal.
There was one moment of controversy in Arsenal’s favour, though, as Vladimir Coufal picked up a second yellow card for a foul in the penalty area.
The West Ham fans weren’t happy, as Coufal did get a touch on the ball.
But David Moyes told the media afterwards that Coufal shouldn’t have given the referee a decision to make, and a penalty was probably the right call.
“We missed a header and got into a mess in the back four. But Vladimir gave the referee a decision to make,” Moyes admitted.
“I think it was an easy tackle to make, to toe-poke the ball away and knock it out or have a really good block.
“Because he only connects with the top part of the ball so his foot carries on he gives Anthony Taylor a decision to make.
“I think that Anthony Taylor might have got this one right. I think he did get the ball but Coufal should have got better contact on the ball and maybe toe-poked it away or he needs to get fuller contact on it.”
It’s not often you hear a manager admit that a tight call against their club was probably the right one, so credit to Moyes for that.
Alexandre Lacazette ended up missing the penalty anyway, so the result of the game wasn’t significantly altered. The main problem for Moyes is that now he has to pick a team for his next game without Coufal.