'It's unbelievable to lose a game for that'

A contentious penalty decision… a host of missed chances… a lack of composure in the final stages… all three played a part in Saturday’s defeat at Watford.

For Arsene Wenger, the major turning point was the matter of seconds in which Mesut Ozil missed a golden chance at one end and a spot-kick was awarded at the other. Richarlison won the penalty but the boss is convinced that it shouldn’t have been given.

“The penalty? It was never a penalty. It’s unbelievable to lose a game because of that,” he told

“It’s unbelievably hard to take because we had the opportunity to win the game. We played very well in the first half and in the second half we dropped our level a little bit. Physically we were not at the same level and on top of that we missed chances to score the second goal.

“After that we were punished by a bad refereeing decision. There’s a lot to swallow tonight and a lot to be really disappointed [about].”

Having pegged us back, Watford grew in stature and created chances of their own before Tom Cleverley rammed in the winner.

“[At 1-1 we should] be calmer and not lift the ball so much, play on the ground and focus more on the quality of our game,” said the boss. “I think we became nervous and we lost our composure when it was 1-1.”

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