Michael Owen criticises Arsenal star, but admits he would have done the same

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Michael Owen says Arsenal's Nacho Monreal dived against Manchester City.

Nacho Monreal dived to win a penalty against Manchester City, pundit Michael Owen told BT Sport.

The former England international admitted however that he would have also done so in the same scenario.

He said: "I’m not sure if it’s a penalty. I’ve been in that position a million times and you use someone who is stood in front of you. Kompany lifts his chest up but he is hardly banging in to him, he doesn’t stick out an outstretched leg, he [Monreal] basically falls over Kompany who is in his way.

"I would have done exactly the same and called for the penalty but there is no leg out. He’s basically not moved, Monreal has just used his body and fallen into him. When I saw it first time I thought ‘penalty’ but when I saw the replay I thought he has made the most of it."

Owen gained himself a reputation in his playing days as a player unafraid to make the most of similar situations, notably winning controversial penalties in successive World Cup matches for England in 1998 and 2002.

He is absolving Vincent Kompany of any blame for the incident in his comments, instead pointing the finger at Monreal as gaining an unfair advantage.

The penalty, converted by Santi Cazorla gave Arsenal a key advantage with Manchester City could not overturn, which the Gunners went onto double in the second half, on their way to a memorable 2-0 win.

Along with winning the penalty, Monreal put in an impressive display in helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet, making seven interceptions over the course of the game.

 

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