Pay per Head Sportsbooks: Wenger laments Stoke City’s penalty ‘gift’

Arsene WengerArsene Wenger believed that on Saturday, Stoke City were given a “gift” as the Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss after a late penalty for the hosts, in a match that was closely followed by pay per head sportsbooks.

Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Arsenal’s hopes for a title suffered a very big setback at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a spot kick by Jonathan Walters 14 minutes from the time.

The penalty was given after Laurent Koscielny’s handling of Walters’ flick-on inside the box, and price per head services saw that the Irishman’s tranquility under pressure from the spot made sure that Arsenal were sent home without a victory for the ninth time in 10 visits to Stoke.

But Wenger insisted that Arsenal had been hard done by, and pay per head sportsbooks can agree.

“We conceded a goal that was a nice gift from the referee but it can happen,” Wenger said of official Mike Jones’ decision.

“He’s (Koscielny) one yard away, how can he take his hand away? He has no time to take his hand away from the ball. He has no intention at all.”

But the Frenchman did admit that in the final third, Arsenal, who dropped four points behind leaders Chelsea, were not at their best, something that pay per head sportsbooks could clearly see.

“We had a good defensive game and we were unlucky to lose the goal, but offensively we didn’t create enough,” the Frenchman added.

“I feel going forward we were not good enough to create chances and that’s why we got punished.

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“You have to give credit to Stoke, they defended well, with resilience, they made the game very physical. We knew that before the game, they have the highest number of fouls in the Premier League. We didn’t cope well enough with it.”

Pay per head sportsbooks would like to see how the Gunners will continue to perform after this setback, and wonder if they’ll bounce back.