The FA has agreed that it will not punish Watford striker Richarlison over the player’s involvement in the penalty incident during the match with Arsenal at the weekend (via Sky Sports).
It was a predictable story for Arsenal fans in so many ways when they squandered a 1-0 lead to Watford and picked up their third away defeat of the season.
Slow buildup, wasteful finishing and sloppy defending were all on show as the Gunners failed to capitalise on their rivals’ loss of form.
Arsenal took the lead through captain Per Mertesacker but were pegged back by a Troy Deeney penalty and a late Tom Cleverley winner.
The penalty came as a result of Hector Bellerin’s challenge on Watford striker, Richarlison. Replays showed that contact was minimal but the spotkick was awarded, much to the disappointment of Arsene Wenger.
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“I say it was no penalty, it was a creation from the referee and that is it,” Wenger said after the match. “As a moment in the game it was absolutely important for Watford. I just think it was no penalty, and no goal.
“I don’t want to interfere with referee’s decisions. I just want the right decisions to be made during the game.”
Now, the Football Assosciation has decided that the player will not receive any punishment for his involvement in the incident.
It’s a frustrating situation for Arsenal but they’ve only got themselves to blame. Contact was minimal but Hector Bellerin shouldn’t have been making such a challenge in the penalty box. The Gunners concede far more penalties than the other big sides but they bring it on themselves.