Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta was left baffled after his facet have been denied a penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Burnley.
Arsenal, pushing for a winner after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener was cancelled out by Chris Wood, felt they need to have had a penalty when the ball struck the arm of Burnley’s Erik Pieters in the field after Nicolas Pepe tried to flick it previous him.
“I think it’s obvious and clear, I think there is no debate about that. If that is not a penalty, then would someone explain what a penalty is in this league,” Arteta advised reporters after the sport.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was criticised after his dreadful defensive error led to Burnley’s equaliser however Arteta mentioned the Swiss was to not blame.
Xhaka had obtained the ball from Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno deep in the penalty space, however his tried move to David Luiz struck Clarets striker Wood and ricocheted into the online.
“It’s what it is, it’s the way that we play and the way that I want to play. We just have to know the risk and the rules that we have in certain areas in terms of the type of balls we have to play,” Arteta mentioned.
Xhaka apologised for the gaffe.
“I hold my hands up for their goal and I’m sorry for the mistake. That’s football and right now I feel just as frustrated as all of you,” he wrote on Instagram.
The end result left Arsenal in tenth on 38 factors from 27 video games, 9 factors adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
They face Greek facet Olympiacos in the primary leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)