Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to criticise Danny Welbeck after he was widely accused of diving to win a penalty in the Gunners’ Europa League win over AC Milan on Thursday night.
Leading 2-0 from last week’s first leg in Italy, the Gunners were shaken by Hakan Calhanoglu’s long-range goal in the 35th minute but hit back to win 3-1 on the night and assure themselves of a spot in the quarter-finals with a comfortable 5-1 aggregate success.
Welbeck levelled by winning and converting a dubious penalty after going down under minimal contact from Ricardo Rodriguez, infuriating Milan’s players.
Wenger, however, did not follow suit and said he would want to see the incident more clearly before making a decision over whether the former Manchester United man dived.
“I haven’t seen it again,” he said. “Do you want to accuse English players of being divers?
“There’s two things: was it a penalty or not? I don’t know. The Italian players were unhappy with it. I can understand that, because I don’t really know what it was.”