The draw was probably a fair result when considering the chances created at either end, yet there was one big talking point during the game as Sunderland felt they should have had a penalty.
Per Mertesacker was the intended guilty party, turning his back to block a shot which ultimately struck his arm and prevented what looked like a being a potential opener for the hosts.
Allardyce and Wenger were expectedly quizzed on the matter after the match, and as shown by the ePlayer video, certainly not for the first time in their careers the duo comically gave completely different responses.
“I wouldn’t have given any of them because the players were very close to the guy who took the shot, there was no intention to play the ball. So overall I would say the referee did well on that,” Wenger said.
“The referee should have given us a penalty, blatantly obvious for me. [Mertesacker] turns his back, sticks his arm out. When you’re trying to block a shot you’re not supposed to turn your back. Not looking at the ball, stuck his arm out and blocks a certain goal. So for me, definitely, 100% a penalty,” Allardyce responded.
The decision not to award the penalty could prove huge come the end of the season, what with Arsenal potentially gaining an extra point while Sunderland may feel it’s a case of two points dropped.
The Wearside club are in a battle to stay up with the likes of Norwich City and Newcastle United in close company, and they will need all the decisions they can get between now and the end of the season.