You get away with missing a penalty when your team go on to win a game 4-1 but at 1-0 up it’s a little risky to take a penalty when you aren’t the usual taker and he is on the pitch. In the end Alexis Sanchez was a lucky boy but he confused his manager along the way.
Sanchez opened the scoring today in the Gunners 4-1 win over Hull City but at 1-0 up Jake Livermore gave away a penalty. Santi Cazorla is usually the designated spot kick taker and the Spanish midfielder was on the pitch but didn’t take it.
Instead up stepped Chilean Sanchez who had his shot from the 12 yard spot saved by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic. After the match Wenger admitted he had no idea why the former Barcelona man took the shot telling the BBC:
“Santi was down to take it. I don’t know why it did not happen; we have [a] pecking order, it was not planned for Sanchez to take it.
“I want to know what happened and for it not to happen again. Overall anyone can miss a penalty, we have to accept that. It has happened to all of us and it has happened to Santi Cazorla as well.”
Theo Walcott added the Gunners’ second goal before Robert Snodgrass made Wenger’s side pay from the penalty spot and briefly Mike Phelan’s side threatened a comeback that would have been embarrassing for Sanchez.
In the end the numbers and the quality were telling as Sanchez added a second and Granit Xhaka scored a late beauty to make it 4-1.