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Wenger Defends Decision Not To Award Penalty For West Brom's Rodriguez

The Baggies' forward felt he should have had a spot-kick in the Emirates but Wenger sided with referee Bobby Madley's decision

Arsene Wenger felt it was the correct decision not to award Jay Rodriguez a penalty in Arsenal's 2-0 win over West Brom on Monday.

The forward was felled in the area by Shkodran Mustafi in only the eighth minute at the Emirates Stadium, before he got to his feet and saw a shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech after referee Bobby Madley allowed play to continue.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis said it was "a stonewall penalty" and Rodriguez himself said he felt clear contact, but Wenger says Madley was right to award the advantage.

"Mustafi tackled and touched the West Brom player," the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports. "It could have been given, the referee left the advantage. I think it was right because they were in a position where they could score and they hit the post.

"It's a kind of decision that's difficul
Lt. If he doesn't give the advantage and they miss the penalty, people will reproach [the referee]."

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