West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has branded Alexis Sanchez ‘a cheat’ for diving to win free kicks during Monday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal made it seven points from their last three league matches with a 2-0 win over the Baggies, courtesy of a double from Alexandre Lacazette.
The match was not without its controversy, however, with West Brom being denied a clear penalty in the early stages when Shkodran Mustafi brought Jay Rodriguez to the ground.
Rodriguez rose to his feet immediately after as the attacker looked to find the bottom corner, but Petr Cech made the save, before Jake Livermore missed the post from the rebound.
Pulis has blasted the referee for rewarding Sanchez’s diving with free kicks, insisting that the Chilean should have picked up a yellow card for simulation.
Pulis told Sky Sports:
“Jake [Livermore] should score the rebound and we should score other goals, we had opportunities. The disappointing thing tonight is Sanchez dives for the first free-kick, not the one they score off, and he should be booked. That’s cheating.
“Jay is honest, and doesn’t get his reward for being honest. We haven’t had a penalty at this football club for over a year. And none of my players are told to roll around.
“The public out there, and everybody in the studio would have seen the referee’s performance, so let them decide what they think. They won’t get fined for that.”
West Brom also missed a whole host of first-chance opportunities at the Emirates as the Baggies suffered more disappointment away to Arsenal.