Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been critical of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette after the Frenchman won a penalty for his side against the Blades in the FA Cup quarter-final tie.
The Yorkshire club’s manager did not mention the Frenchman by name but he suggested that Chris Basham should have known better than to make contact with Lacazette on his foot before the forward went to ground:
“You don’t need to give an invitation for those players to go over. Maybe it’s natural for them to go over. It’s not normal for me or my players.”
“But he has felt contact, gone down and given the referee a decision to make. If Chris Basham had been more patient, he could have stayed on his feet.”
It was a soft penalty, to say the least, but the Blades certainly showed character to come back into the game following the setback.
They were well worthy of David McGoldrick’s equaliser three minutes from time, and they will have been disappointed by how they allowed Dani Ceballos to slot home the winner in injury time.
The Spaniard scored from an acute angle with goalkeeper Dean Henderson not covering himself in glory after he ran off his line to close down the midfielder’s shot.