Arsenal attacking midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stated that he wasn’t afraid the moment Chelsea wing back, Victor Moses attempted to win a penalty by diving, as he knew he hadn’t touched the Nigerian international.
Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card for simulation in the 68th minute of the FA Cup Final last Saturday. Moses, who had endured a torrid time in the match prior to that incident, tried to pre-empt contact by Chamberlain when he tried to dribble in the penalty box, however, the Ox saved himself and his club from a lot of trouble by going nowhere the former Wigan man.
Arsenal were on top of the Wembley clash from minute one, and another decision by Anthony Taylor could have disrupted the final outcome of the match, but the referee got the decision spot on, and rightly sent off Moses, who was on a yellow already.
The 23-year-old England international was quoted as saying via arsenal.com:
“I didn’t fear the worst, not at all, I think obviously when he went inside there was a moment when I sort of went to go for the ball, and then I thought he might just be a little bit ahead of me so I decided to pull out and not go for it.
“So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn’t really go in my mouth.”
Chamberlain has only a year left on his current deal at The Emirates, and has been linked to clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool, but his recent upturn in form means he has a higher chance of being offered a new deal. Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, and has scored 20 goals in 194 matches for the Gunners in that process.