Arsenal star sends message to Victor Moses after FA Cup final win over Chelsea
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists referee Anthony Taylor was correct to send Victor Moses off in the FA Cup final
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted that he did not fear the worst when Victor Moses tumbled in the box during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Moses was sent off in the second half after being shown a second yellow card for diving in the box under a challenge from Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Replays showed that there was no contact and that referee Anthony Taylor was correct to send Moses off.
And Oxlade-Chamblerlain has insisted that he always felt that he had not touched Moses, even if he did not know that the Nigerian was already on a booking.
The Arsenal midfielder told the club’s website: “I didn’t fear the worst, not at all.
“I think obviously when he went inside there was a moment when I sort of went to go for the ball, and then I thought he might just be a little bit ahead of me so I decided to pull out and not go for it. So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn’t really go in my mouth.
“I didn’t realise he was on a yellow so when that happened [the sending off] that was more of a surprise for me. But I knew I didn’t go anywhere near him and obviously it helped us to victory in the end.”
Arsenal ended the season on a high by winning the FA Cup for the third time in four years.
The Gunners endured a frustrating campaign in the Premier League as they had to settle for a fifth-placed finish, meaning that they will not play in the Champions League next season.