Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Watford counterpart Marco Silva have differed on the decision to award Watford a penalty in Saturday’s match which the hosts won 2-1.
Arsenal were leading through Per Mertesacker’s first-half goal and had chances to make the Premier League game safe.
Richarlison however went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, with referee Neil Swarbrick pointing to the spot.
Captain Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick to bring the home team level, before Tom Cleverley’s stoppage-time strike handed Watford all three points.
Speaking after the match, Wenger termed the penalty decision as `scandalous’.
“The decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous and then we panicked a bit for their second goal and in the end we stand with a defeat,” said Wenger.
He added, “It is a scandalous decision, but what can we do about it? Nothing. We can talk and talk and talk. At the end of the day they scored.”
On his part, Silvarefuted claims that Richarlison dived, saying that the player has suffered fmost from fouls.
“I have seen the penalty now and I respect the decision of the referee,” said Silva after the game. “It’s important, I didn’t see a dive or a simulation, said Silva
“Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.
“He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls.”