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Wayne Rooney says one Arsenal player was lucky against Manchester United

Wayne Rooney believes one Arsenal player was very lucky to get away in one situation against Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney has voiced his belief that Thomas Partey was “very lucky” to escape penalty punishment during Arsenal ‘s 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

The former Manchester United star addressed the controversial 37th-minute penalty appeal when Amad Diallo went down after a challenge from Arsenal’s Partey. Although there was contact between Partey’s leg and Amad, replays suggested that it was Amad’s foot hitting Partey’s.

While Rooney acknowledged that the correct decision was made, he and fellow pundit Roy Keane emphasised Partey’s good fortune in the outcome of the incident. Rooney remarked on Sky Sports, “I don’t think this is a penalty [but] Partey is very lucky. He goes off his feet early and he fortunately just gets a nick on the ball.

“For me, it’s not a penalty but Partey is very lucky.” Keane concurred, stating, “He’s a lucky boy. But I do not think it’s a penalty.”

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Gary Neville also weighed in, questioning whether Partey extended his leg and kicked the ball, while former Premier League referee Mike Dean sided with the decision, asserting that it was Amad standing on Partey’s foot, thus not warranting a penalty.

“The only question is if Partey does stick his right leg out. Hmm. Does he kick the ball? I’m not sure.” While Dean said: “I think it’s the case of Amad standing on Partey’s foot,’ Dean said. ‘No penalty for me.”

Arsenal’s victory marked their third successive Premier League win against Manchester United for the first time since September 1998, providing a significant boost to their quest for their first Premier League title in 20 years. However, Manchester City remains in contention, trailing Arsenal by just one point with a game in hand.

Despite the pressure from Manchester City, Arsenal sits atop the table and has one fixture remaining against Everton at the Emirates. Meanwhile, Manchester City face Tottenham on Tuesday before their final match against West Ham at the Etihad.

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