Arsene Wenger blasts ‘very soft’ penalty and says Arsenal tried to play ‘too much’ against Tottenham

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger blasted the “very soft” penalty awarded to Tottenham by Mark Clattenburg during the 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

A Kevin Wimmer own goal gave Arsenal the lead before Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Mousa Dembele in the box. Harry Kane tucked away the subsequent spot-kick but for Wenger it shouldn’t have been awarded.

“For me it was a soft penalty, a very soft one,” said Wenger, who also lamented his side’s lack of fluency.

“We had some good spells in the game and I don’t question the spirit of our team,” he added.

“But we usually have more fluency and it looked like we just tried to play too much.”

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, was delighted with his side’s “big character”.

“I’m very happy with the performance,” he told BT Sport.

“I think we played well at a very difficult place. Arsenal are on a very good run and have momentum.

“Our players deserve full credit today – they were fantastic. We showed big, big character to get back into the game.”

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