By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal have not been awarded as many penalties as they have deserved since Eduardo's controversial spot-kick against Celtic earlier this season.
 
The Gunners had a number of claims turned down in the two recent Premier League fixtures against Bolton Wanderers and the manager thinks that has been a trend all season.
 
Striker Eduardo was criticised in the media for allegedly diving to win a penalty in the Champions League Play-Off Second Leg victory against Celtic in August. However UEFA later cleared the Croatian of any charges.

Since then the Gunners have been awarded just one penalty, against Stoke City earlier this term.

At the manager's press conference on Friday afternoon it was suggested that Arsenal have found it harder to win penalties as a result of that incident, and Wenger was in total agreement.

"Of course," he said. "I can show you since the start of the season how many penalties we have been denied.
 
"We have had one penalty since Celtic. But we play always in the box of our opponents."

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