Sunday, May 6th, 2012
“I don’t know, we have to accept the decisions of the referee, that is the only thing I can say. Here, the whole season we have got zero penalties. It is absolutely amazing because you see other clubs who have 10 or 11.” – Arsene Wenger.
Saturday was a defining day for Arsenal as they dropped two more points in the run-in to leave the door ajar for both Newcastle and Spurs to leap frog them in the table today.
After seven straight wins Arsenal had looked firm favourites for third place in the Premier League but three points from 12 available have left them hoping a host of other teams do them favours, including potentially Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Against Norwich a host of the familiar old failings were on show from Arsenal, as well as some Robin Van Persie brilliance but an incident in the dying seconds will have infuriated Gunners everywhere.
On 89 minutes, a low right wing cross was sent into the box by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Dutch striker. Kyle Naughton, on loan from Spurs, came into the back of van Persie and the Arsenal striker went over.
Referee Anthony Taylor waved away the appeals. The fact it was Kyle Naughton was not lost on a number of Tottenham fans who have joked on Twitter that the full back should be up for Spurs’ Player of the Year award.