Video: These Arsenal fans convinced they were ‘robbed’ of penalty in FA Cup defeat to Southampton after handball claim on Walker-Peters

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Some Arsenal fans are convinced that they’ve been ‘robbed’ of their chance to defend their FA Cup trophy after an incident in the 68th minute of this afternoon’s defeat to Southampton.

A cross from the right-wing floated in, with Nicolas Pepe coming in from behind to challenge Kyle Walker-Peters in the air.

The duel saw the ball smash off of the Spurs academy graduate’s arm, the ace’s arm was outstretched but no penalty was awarded and the commentary team – including Arsenal legend Martin Keown – agreed with this stance.

Whilst the ball clearly struck that area, it’s evident that Walker-Peters’ eyes were closed and also well away from the ball when it came in.

To add to that, the manner in which Pepe contested the aerial duel could well be seen as foul-play.

Pictures from BT Sport.

Here’s how some of the Arsenal faithful have reacted to the incident:

Whilst this may be an unfortunate decision that has cost the Gunners the chance to defend their FA Cup title and challenge for their 15th this season – extending their record – there’s really no doubt that the same infuriated fans would be enraged if this decision went against their side.

With no choice but to repeat those dreaded words, can you really confidently say this was a ‘clear and obvious’ handball?

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