Arsene Wenger:” Our lack of penalties this season is puzzling”

Sabtu, 23 Januari 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has pleaded for some consistency from referees after questioning his side's lack of penalties this season.

The Gunners have only been handed one spot-kick since August, and that was against the opponents they face on Sunday for the fourth round of the FA Cup, Stoke City.

In response to strong words from the Stoke camp that Arsenal are to expect a dog-fight, Wenger has stated he cannot explain why his men have not been receiving more penalties.

Speaking to the Press Association, the 60-year-old Frenchman stated: “I don’t get upset by our lack of penalties any more – it just glides over me.

“I just want the referee to give a penalty when it’s a penalty. I don’t want to complain to the FA.”

When asked if his men could still handle the English game without as many decisions going in their favour, Wenger was keen to emphasise that his side have the grit to deal with it, but shouldn’t have to with the players they possess.

“We can deal with it, but I believe that the players who play like [Cesc] Fabregas should be protected because you don’t come to watch players kick him,” he added.

Meanwhile, defender William Gallas has escaped punishment from the FA for a heavy challenge on Bolton Wanderer’s Mark Davies.

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