Wenger claims Tottenham penalty was ‘very soft’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he was “surprised” that the referee gave the penalty that handed Tottenham their equalising goal in the north London derby on Sunday.

A Harry Kane penalty saw Spurs come from behind to draw 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium after a Kevin Wimmer own-goal had given the Gunners a lead just before the interval.

And Wenger says he thought the spot kick was “very soft” in his post-match interview.

“From the outside it looked a very soft penalty, I was surprised,” Wenger told BBC Sport.

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Wenger bemoaned a lack of “vision” from his players and thought that they looked “nervous” during the draw with their arch-rivals.

“It is disappointing to drop two points at home. We created plenty of chances in dangerous situations,” Wenger continued.

“In the second half we looked more laboured, there were plenty of aspects I did not like, the desire was there but we were too nervous.

“We lacked what we are strong at; the fluency of movement, vision around the box. We usually play better from the back, there was a lot missing.

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“Spurs go home happy, we go home and are not happy. We wanted to win the game, but overall it is not mathematically a disaster.”

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