Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that Victor Moses’ sending off contributed in a way to the Gunners emerging victorious in the 2017 FA Cup final.
The England star while reflecting on the Wembley showdown said he had no fear that he had given away a penalty when Moses went down in the box in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Chelsea.
Despite the calls from Chelsea players and fans for a penalty, Oxlade-Chamberlain says he knew he had pulled out of the challenge early enough and did not get close to him.
“I didn’t fear the worst, not at all," he told Arsenal's website.
“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 [the sending off] happened 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.”
England international Oxlade-Chamberlain was deployed in a new role as the Gunners' won 2-1 to secure the trophy.