Just days after Arsenal were denied a win against West Brom, the Gunners have found themsevles on the wrong end of another controversial penalty call.
Arsene Wenger’s side were in Premier League action against London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday night, and took the lead in an open match through Jack Wilshere just after the hour mark.
However, the lead and Arsenal’s joy was short-lived, as just four minutes later Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Eden Hazard in the box, leading to the Belgian falling to the floor and referee Anthony Taylor pointing to the spot.
Replays showed that that, regardless of whether of whether it was a penalty or not, Hazard made the most of what little contact there actually was:
To add insult to injury, Hazard himself duly converted the penalty to level it up.
As if to compound Arsenal’s misery further, Chelsea took the lead with less than ten minutes remaining,via Marcos Alonso, but Bellerin restored parity in a madcap finish that even found time for another glaring Alvaro Morata miss and David Zappacosta hammering the crossbar.
The penalty debate may rage on, but a draw on the balance of play was probably the fair result.