As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Arsenal attacker Saka: Azpilicueta knows it was legit penalty

Arsenal attacker Bukayo Saka insists the penalty he won in victory over Chelsea was legitimate.

The England international went to ground after being held by Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta in the closing stages, scoring the resulting penalty to hand Mikel Arteta's side a 4-2 victory. It was the first penalty he had taken since seeing his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Euro 2020 final, and he found the corner with Edouard Mendy diving the wrong way.

The win moved Arsenal level with fourth-place Tottenham with both teams still having six games to play. After three successive defeats, it potentially puts even more pressure on the upcoming North London Derby, and Saka attempted to dismiss doubts over Jon Moss' decision to point to the spot.

"Of course [Azpilicueta] is going to be angry with me but it is what it is. It was a penalty," Saka said.

"He was holding me for five seconds. I had to go down."

Arsenal had lost three in a row and damaged their chances of a top four finish. However, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Saka made it clear he and his teammates were desperate to deliver a response.

"We wanted to give the fans something to believe in us and I think we've done that today," the 20-year-old said. "We showed fight, character and it's a huge result for us.

"It means a lot to us. Losing three games in a row is really difficult."

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free