Swansea City manager Garry Monk found hit hard to hide his disappointment with referee Lee Probert following last night's 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates, admitting that he was "very disappointed" with the official's decision not to allow Jonathan de Guzman the chance to drive towards goal in added time.
De Guzman looked to have clear ground to break beyond the halfway line in a dramatic finish to the match, but Probert decided that four minutes and 40 seconds of stoppage time was adequate and blew up just as the midfielder looked to burst away from last man Thomas Vermaelen.
Monk felt that his player had space to bear down and strike at goal with the pace to match, but did concede that there were still plenty of positives to take from snatching a draw thanks to Leon Britton forcing an error from a combination of Per Mertesacker, Wojciech Szczesny and the unlucky scorer of a late own goal Mathieu Flamini heading into injury time.
In his post-match press conference Monk was immediately asked about De Guzman's run being brought to an abrupt halt, telling GiveMeSport: "It was a very poor decision.
"They told us it was going to be four minutes at the end of the game. We score in that period, so they add an extra minute on and restart the clock, so its five minutes minimum, and I stress the word minimum. We're then clean through on goal and 99% a goalscoring opportunity's going to come, yet they blow up 30 seconds short.
"For me it's a very poor decision, simple as that. I can't understand it, very strange. I'm happy, because if you'd offered me the point before the game I would've taken it, but I think the way the game panned out and that last bit probably frustrated that we didn't get to see the outcome at the end."
Arsenal and Swansea will draw very different conclusions from a tense night at the Emirates, in search of ambitions at polar opposites of the Premier League table.
Swansea can take heart from a precious point that moves them five points from the relegation zone, but Arsenal must now look nervously over their shoulder in a bid to maintain the fourth and final Champions League spot until the close of the campaign.
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