Апреля 23 2018

Wenger refuses to condemn Welbeck without seeing replay of dive

Апреля 23 2018, 08:57 | Van Peters

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Europa League: Arsenal Finish Off AC Milan At The Emirates With Little Help From Dodgy Danny Welbeck Penalty (Photos & Video)

GOAL! Jack Wilshere breaks down the left and crosses for Welbeck to head home his second in the Europa League match between Arsenal and A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, North London.

The decision was so soft, nearly three-quarters of respondents to a poll sent out from the official Arsenal Twitter account said they would not have awarded the penalty.

The problem is that it will take the gloss of Arsenal's win and, even though they are into the quarter finals, former players, pundits and TV experts were queuing up to condemn it. Gary Lineker called it a "blatant dive", Jermaine Jens called it "cheating" and Alan Shearer insisted the referee was "conned".

With their nerves steadied, Arsenal eased through 5-1 on aggregate thanks to second half goals from Granit Xhaka and Welbeck.

"I haven't seen it again. You want to accuse English players to be divers?" I can understand that, because I don't really know what it was.

"I will watch it again and give you my honest feeling about it".

Arsenal will find out their quarter-final opponents on Friday and Wenger wants to avoid Atletico Madrid, who demolished Lokomotiv Moscow 8-1 on aggregate to reach the last eight.

The tie was wrapped up as Xhaka unleashed a tame long-range effort which Donnarumma inexplicably could not keep out, instead pushing the ball into the corner to put Arsenal ahead on the night. We can't use that as a reference for the entire English football.

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Asked if Welbeck's actions had hurt England's reputation for fair play, Gattuso added: "He's a striker, he has to do what he does".

Andre Silva, who scored a last-minute victor for Milan in their Serie A victory at Genoa on Sunday, had a great chance to reduce the arrears inside the opening minute - but the Portugal global could only hit the side-netting when played in.

"I don't want any alibi".

On the day he received an England recall, Welbeck made no mistake from the spot to score his first European goal since a hat-trick against Galatasaray in October 2014.

"When I was a player, I'd try to take advantage of individual situations, but I'm not going to judge these things".

"Maybe the favourite is Atletico Madrid".

Koscielny, who got called up earlier in the week for France for their global friendlies towards the end of the month, could now be forced to pull out of Didier Deschamps' squad.

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