Danny Welbeck escapes punishment for diving against AC Milan

Many Arsenal fans were convinced that Danny Welbeck was lucky to get away with getting a penalty when we were 1-0 down against AC Milan at the Emirates last week, but the linesman was just yards away and advised the ref to award Arsenal a penalty.

Welbeck slotted the spot-kick past the keeper to restore parity and keep the Gunners hopes of progressing alive, but the slow motion replays showed there was very minimal contact from the Milan defender, certainly not enough to warrant a penalty.

Arsenal went on score twice more, with Welbeck getting the final goal as well, but when Arsene Wenger was asked after the game if he thought that it was really a penalty, he replied: “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,” Wenger said.

“After that, Danny took the penalty in a convincing way, and I will watch it again and give my honest feeling about it.

“I will give him my honest feeling about it as well (if I view it as a dive), don’t worry.”

But we never found out what wenger’s thoughts were, but it has been revealed today that UEFA had decided not to take any action against the Arsenal striker. RTE reported today A spokesman for European football’s governing body confirmed on Monday that no case had been opened against the 27-year-old but made no further comment.

Was Welbeck lucky not to be reprimanded or was it a fair penalty in your eyes?



  1. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Wenger when the Refs are for us.. He never sees it.. but when they’re against us, he sees it all.. Bloooooody liar!.
    We all know Welbeck dived but the only thing I love most concerning that situation and game us Gattuso’s honest revelation about the whole scenario and Welbeck being a striker who just did what he needed to do to get a goal.. other than that, it was a clear Dive

    1. MW supporter says:

      UEFA say here’s no case to answer, what should we do ask for an appeal? Get a grip stop having a go at your own club move on and support.

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        How can Welbeck, whether diving or not, taking a penalty and scoring make it a Wenger issue?
        After the game, Wenger was interviewed and said he would look at the incident and decide.
        He didn’t say it was or it wasn’t, so how is he blooody liar?
        No-one from the media has followed up, so Wenger keeps quite.
        Just as any other manager would do.
        In my opinion Welbeck did dive, I don’t llike it, next subject please!

    2. John Ibrahim says:

      wow going personal again…just to blame wenger…

      so should we appeal and give up the 3 points instead?

  2. FrankN says:

    We’ve been over this again and again. Please move on.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    It was a blatant dive, strange how UEFA didn’t see it like that, but lucky for us! I am not a fan of Welbeck, but we need him in Europe at moment with no Auba, and Laca available.

  4. jon fox says:

    Cliff Bastin dived against Sheffield Wednesday back in 1933 , or maybe not. But I care not a jot, just like the other almost as old ancient history this pathetic article writer is dredging up to interest anoraks. If I wish to read ancient history , I will visit the library. But I don’t want to! Next subject!

  5. Tas says:

    He was obstructed by a slight pull on his arm in front of the goal with reasonable chance of nutmeging the keeper YES it seams light but in real speed he was obstructed and that’s what the ref/ linesman saw, if it was the EPL unless your Delle Alli its defenetly no penalty but some leagues they give free kicks for just about everything, if you look at stats in every country how long a game is played without interruption ( game stoping )I think EPL has the longest time in play, not quite shore about Sweeden where the ref is from

    1. Tas says:

      English players/ teams always giving free kicks away because not many English players or managers work overseas to understand the system with diferent FF,s and ref,s

      So YES it was a penalty in Sweden but not in England if you get my meaning

      Now let’s move on like FrankN suggests

  6. Phil says:

    Welbeck “Won” is a penalty.We got a decision we don’t often get and it got us back in the game.You could say he done his job.You could say he cheated.I say we won the game so why are we complaining?
    As for the Managers
    Wenger-What was he expected to say and do?He said nothing and was right to do so.
    Guttatso-What a classy response.Total respect for his comments.

  7. adi says:

    We conced more penalties than totenham in their past 3 seasons. Has it beem all fair? no. Welbeck didnt dive, he just lost balance and took advantage of the situation.

    1. RSH says:

      nah, it was a dive. Let’s just call it what it was and leave it at that. Other teams have done it to us this season and I’m sure Milan strikers wouldve done the same. Until UEFA and FIFA get serious about getting diving out of the game all teams will continue to abuse this to win.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        The Milan player was given the chance to go down by a reckless Ospina challenge in the first leg but incredibly decided to stay on his feet. Good for him, not so good for Milan.

  8. Simon Williams says:

    Lucky. But I’ll take it

  9. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Now all these pundits like Shearer, Murphy, Neville, Carragher (oops) can now talk about the Welbeck dive and finally put the Pires dive to rest.

  10. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

    Danny is lucky that he had prior form for tripping over his own feet, so even minimal contact was going to bring him down.

  11. GB says:

    Never a penalty in a million years but did he dive? We will never really know but as we usually see him fall flat on his arse every time he takes a shot, I think he just fell over. #bambi.on.ice !!

    1. Ski says:

      In real-time when I saw the welbeck incident I was shaking my head immediately and thinking it wasn’t a penalty or a very soft one at least.

      Most former strikers would say if you get touched go down.

      Glad the linesman thought he was impeded but as GB said he probably lost balance and fell over.

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