Nacho Monreal admitted handball in Arsenal box, claims Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed Nacho Monreal had admitted he handled the ball in the last seconds of his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates.

City were incensed to be denied a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time when a Jesus Navas cross deflected off Monreal, looping into the air before seeming to clip the Spanish full-back’s outstretched left arm.

Andre Marriner was unmoved as Guardiola fumed on the touchline. The 46-year-old sought out Monreal after the whistle and the Arsenal defender admitted he had made contact with the ball.

“Monreal said he touched the ball with his hand. He said to me ‘in England for those kind of situations there are no whistles’.

Guardiola noted that Marriner had also denied City a penalty in their draw with Tottenham earlier this season, adding: “It’s ok. I said many times what I can do is control what I can control.”

When it was put to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that his side may have had fortune on their side in the closing moments he was characteristically evasive.

“Honestly I don’t know. I haven’t seen a handball. Their bench complained. Was it handball or not? I don’t know.”