Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has defended team-mate Santi Cazorla from accusations of diving following the winger's controversial role in Saturday's 2-0 defeat of West Brom.
Cazorla was at the centre of a storm when he went to ground after a challenge from Steven Reid, resulting in the award of a penalty by referee Mike Jones, which Arteta subsequently converted. West Brom boss Steve Clarke said there was "zero contact" on Cazorla, but Arteta refused to accept his fellow Spaniard tried to con the referee.
"Santi was saying that he felt something. If there is a little (contact), it is (still) contact. The ref makes decisions, some right and some wrong," Arteta told reporters.
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