Arsenal being denied penalty in Chelsea draw was unbelievable, says Ruud Gullit

'You can hurt somebody.'

Arsenal being denied penalty in Chelsea draw was unbelievable, says Ruud Gullit
Robert Sanchez of Chelsea collides with players in the box
Robert Sanchez clattered into Gabriel Jesus but Arsenal were not given a penalty against Chelsea (Action Plus/Shutterstock)

Ruud Gullit believes Arsenal were denied a clear penalty in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s side were forced to battle back from two goals down and ended up escaping Stamford Bridge with a point thanks to Leandro Trossard’s equaliser in the 84th minute.

But Arsenal appeared to be denied penalty earlier in the second half when Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez wiped out Gabriel Jesus when he attempted to clear the ball.

And Gullit has likened the incident to Andre Onana’s error which went unpunished in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Wolves earlier this season – a decision which led PGMOL chief Howard Webb to issue an apology to Wolves.

‘I think that this is a penalty,’ Gullit told Premier League Productions.

‘Because if you come rushing in like that and miss the ball, you just bang into the players – that’s a foul, an obvious foul.

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Andre Onana got away with a similar incident with Manchester United earlier this season (Colorsport/Shutterstock)

‘This is a penalty, if you do that as a player, it’s unbelievable for me. And he [Jesus] can get hurt like that.

‘It happened already before with Manchester United and [Andre] Onana against Wolves, same thing.

‘I don’t understand why this is not a penalty, it’s a clear foul, you come too late and you can hurt somebody. They, VAR, should do something about it.

‘He missed the ball, why is this not a foul? If we do it as a player [outside the box] it’s the same thing. Why’s it not a foul? I don’t get it.’

Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer also believes Arsenal should have been awarded a spot kick for Sanchez’s foul on Jesus.

‘They should have had [a penalty]. There’s no doubt about it,’ Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.

‘Sanchez has just come out, and he wipes him out, Jesus.

‘What’s key for me is that he catches him in the head. Look, he goes right through him here. It’s a terrible challenge.

‘How on earth can the VAR not think that’s a penalty, and the referee? He is nowhere near the ball.’

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