The Independent London Newspaper
25th September 2017

IN THE GROVE: Draw a harsh penalty to pay

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    • HECTOR Bellerin believes Arsenal deserved more than a point against Tottenham on Sunday, insisting that the team must “learn to be more efficient” when it comes to taking their chances. 

    The Gunners didn’t actually take a single one of their chances at the Emirates, with their lead coming courtesy of an own goal from Kevin Wimmer. 

    Spurs levelled through a Harry Kane penalty at the start of the second half after Laurent Koscielny brought down Mousa Dembele in the box. 

    “I’m a bit disappointed with the result because I think the team deserved a bit more than just a draw,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player after the match. 

    “We had loads of chances. We couldn’t be efficient enough to get another goal and we need to learn from it. 

    “We knew how to play them in behind, and we knew being very direct was going to hurt them. But I think overall we’ve just got to take the positives and look at the next game.” 

    Manager Arsene Wenger said he didn’t think Spurs deserved their equaliser. 

    “I think the penalty was harsh,” he said. “It didn’t look a deliberate foul. 

    “After the game, even speaking to some referees they say you can give it, or you cannot give it. So, personally, being the manager of Arsenal Football Club, I prefer not to give it.” 

    Comments

    Absolutely clear penalty and

    Absolutely clear penalty and awarded a blatantly offside goal, so not particularly harsh is it

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