Arsenal Vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2012 Premier League: Gunners Have 2 Penalty Shouts Turned Down

Arsenal have responded reasonably well to going down 1-0 so early, and they're pouring pressure on Brad Friedel's goal. Some intelligent play from Yossi Benayoun splits open the Tottenham defence and results in Kieran Gibbs going over in the penalty box. Arsenal want the call from Mike Dean, but the left back was going over before any contact was made and the referee was having none of it.

Spurs were able to clear their lines following a corner, but the hosts go right back on the attack and have another penalty call (equally spurious) when they claim Scott Parker handles following some pinball in the box. Eventually Thomas Vermaelen eases the pressure when he blasts a long-range shot several miles wide.

At the other end of the pitch, Gareth Bale is guilty of an absolutely atrocious dive near the left touchline, which hoodwinks Dean and earns the visitors a free kick. Nothing comes of it, but Gunners fans won't be happy about two no-calls for penalties and then that shocking display from Bale. Now Spurs have a free kick very close to the edge of the box, which is eventually scrambled clear by Laurent Koscielny and Alex Song.

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