West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has branded Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez a cheat, after the forward dived to win a free kick during his side’s loss to the Gunners in Monday night’s Premier League clash.
The furious former Stoke City manager, also insisted Jay Rodriguez should have had a penalty after he was brought down in the box by Shkodran Mustafi. The forward quickly picked himself up and fired a shot at goal which Petr Cech tipped into the post amid an advantage played by referee Bobby Madley.
Alexandre Lacazette went on to secure Arsenal’s victory with two goals in the 20th and 67th minute. His first headed in from another of Sanchez’s free kicks whilst the second came from the penalty spot after Aaron Ramsey was fouled by Allan Nyom.
“Everybody’s seen what happened If you want to make an example of something, with Sanchez, the first free-kick he gives on the edge of the box, he should be booked for diving,” Pulis told Sky Sports.
“Then you see the tackle in the box on Jay, the referee has got a great view and it’s a stonewall penalty.
“It’s not only a foul, the player could be sent off as well. So it could be a penalty and them down to 10 men.
“Jay is very, very honest and doesn’t get any reward for being honest. We haven’t had a penalty at this football club for over and a year and none of my players are told to roll around.
“The great thing is everyone has seen it and I don’t have to talk about it, and I don’t want to talk about it. I thought we played really well, we missed a lot of chances in the first half. We’re disappointed.”