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Lacazette and Mourinho agree on Arsenal penalty in north London derby

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Jose Mourinho believed Arsenal were fortunate to get the penalty that ultimately won Sunday’s north London derby.

Lacazette picked himself up to score from the spot after being brought down by Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez in the penalty area, although replays showed that the forward had already got his attempted shot away.

Spurs had taken the lead in the first period through an outrageous Rabona effort from Erik Lamela, only for Martin Odegaard to fire home a deflected equaliser.

But after Lacazette got the winner, the French forward admitted he thought he was rather fortunate to be given the chance from the spot.

“We are lucky to get the penalty, I think,” Lacazette told Sky Sports.

“But of course I am happy. Back in the days I have taken a lot of penalties against him [France international teammate Hugo Lloris] but I was confident.”

Lacazette was brought down by Sanchez for the penalty

Mourinho was in darker mood over the award of the penalty, asking Sky Sports if they were going to interview referee Michael Oliver, who he suggested could be tired from midweek European duty.

“No post-match interviews for referees? That is a pity,” he said.

“What I see from the bench is just a feeling at first. I am 40-50 Metres away. I saw it on the iPad.

“Referees have a difficult job sometimes. I did not complain but when I watch back on the iPad it is what it is.

Mourinho wasn't happy with the decision
Mourinho wasn’t happy with the decision

“If somebody has a different opinion it has to be one of the big Arsenal fans with a season ticket. It is the only one I accept as it is the passion speaking. Other than that I don’t accept a different view as it is obvious.

“If the players don’t do better it is because they can’t do better. I belong to the team so I am as guilty for the first half as the players but the best thing is we improve in the second half.

“Players get tired, coaches get tired, maybe referees get tired too. My record with Michael Oliver on penalties with Chelsea, United and Tottenham is unlucky.”




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