West Brom manager Tony Pulis has branded Alexis Sanchez a cheat, claiming that he dived whilst stating that his side should have been awarded a penalty in the course of the game in their 2 nil defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Jay Rodriguez was brought down in the area by a tackle from Shkodran Mustafi in the eighth minute, although he got back on his feet and forced Petr Cech to tip his shot onto the post as Robert Madley, the referee on the day chose to play the advantage.
Pulis also pointed out the call that led to an earlier free kick awarded to Sanchez on the edge of the area after a challenge from Craig Dawson. He expressed his dissatisfaction with both incidents.
“The disappointing thing is Sanchez falls for the first free-kick, that’s cheating,” said the West Brom manager, who believed that Mustafi should have been sent off
“Jay is very honest and does not get rewarded. Everyone saw what happened. Sanchez actually dives for the first free-kick and he should be booked for diving.
“Then you see the tackle in the box. The referee had a great view. Everyone has seen it and can make their minds up.
“It’s not only a foul but the player can be sent off as well. It can be a penalty and playing against 10 men but let’s forget about the referee.”
Meanwhile, French International Alexandre Lacazette was the star of the show as he scored a brace on the night, first through a headed rebound of Sanchez’ free-kick and in the 67th minute when he converted a penalty after Aaron Ramsey was brought down by Allan Nyom
Wenger said: “The referee left the advantage and they nearly scored from that.
“They hit the post. He could have given the penalty or not. He let the advantage.
“If he gives a penalty and doesn’t give the advantage and they miss the penalty, you say, ‘Why did he not give the advantage?'”