Arsene Wenger revealed that Santi Cazorla should have taken Arsenal’s penalty against Hull City on Saturday, rather than Alexis Sanchez who instead took the spot-kick and saw his effort saved by goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
The Gunners ran out 4-1 winners at the KC Stadium with Sanchez scoring twice despite his penalty miss. Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka, his first for the club, also were on target in a convincing win that makes it 10 points from their opening five games.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game Wenger said he was surprised that the Chile international took the kick and would be speaking to his players to determine why he had taken responsibility for the penalty.
“Santi was down to take it, I don’t know why it did not happen, they have pecking order, it was not planned for Sanchez to take it,” he said.
“I want to know what happened and for it not to happen again. Overall anyone can miss a penalty, we have to accept that.
“I feel overall it was a positive performance after playing away in the Champions League and away again today.
“We started well, dominated and were fluent. They defended well but overall we managed to score the goal then after the missed penalty we had to be serious and score the next goal.”
Prior to the Hull fixture, Arsenal had been awarded three penalties this season with Theo Walcott missing against Liverpool in the opening Premier League fixture while Santi Cazorla netted from the spot in the 3-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road then against Southampton.
Wenger’s comments after the game suggest that the Arsenal boss was not impressed with Sanchez’s actions and that he will not be charged with taking the club’s penalties in future with that responsibility likely to revert back to Cazorla.