Wenger: Cazorla not to blame

The midfielder missed a late penalty in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom

Arsene Wenger refused to blame Santi Cazorla for Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The midfielder was handed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot late on but slipped and fired the ball over the crossbar, as the Baggies held on for victory.

However, Wenger did not want to dwell on Cazorla’s mistake and was keen to move on quickly from a disappointing afternoon.

“I have seen a few penalties, but I don’t really know what happened,” Wenger said at a news conference.

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“You can talk to him and he is so disappointed. But it is difficult to blame Cazorla for that.

“It is a big blow for us. If the game reflects the result then okay, but when you drop points when you have come out of a game and think you have not done the maximum to produce you cannot be happy.

“We have to take it on the chin and bounce back in our next game.”

The miss from the spot means Cazorla is still waiting for his first goal this season after 18 appearances in all competitions.

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