By Amir Mir
Arsene Wenger has described the penalty awarded to Tottenham during the 1-1 draw against Arsenal as “harsh”.
The north London rivals shared the spoils at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon with Spurs being awarded a penalty in the second-half.
At first defender Kevin Wimmer headed into his own net to give the home side the lead, but the visitors equalised in the second-half when Laurent Koscielny fouled Moussa Dembele.
The returning Harry Kane, who has now scored five league goals against Arsenal converted from the spot after referee Mark Clattenburg made his significant decision.
After the game Wenger offered his thoughts on Clattenburg’s decision and he also revealed what he has been told by other referees.
“We were a bit unlucky with the penalty decision,” said Wenger, as quoted by the club’s official website. “I think the penalty was harsh. It didn’t look dangerous to score, it didn’t look a deliberate foul.
“After, even speaking to some referees they say you can give it, you can not give it, so personally, being manager of Arsenal Football Club, I prefer not to give it.”
Frenchman Wenger, who has been at the Premier League giants for 20 years is under increasing pressure to claim Arsenal’s first league title in 12 years.
At this moment in time they are fourth in the table with 24 points after 11 games, two points behind leaders Liverpool who thrashed Watford 6-1 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Spurs remain in fifth place with 21 points as they are still unbeaten in the league, but they have recorded six league draws out of 11 games.
In other Arsenal team news, supporters on Twitter hailed Granit Xhaka for his display against Tottenham.