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Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez questioned the decision to award Arsenal an equalising penalty after watching his side lose 2-1 to the Gunners.

The Cottagers had led from the first minute after David Healy netted following a mistake from Jens Lehman, but Arsenal came storming back late on.

The Gunners equalised through a Robin van Persie penalty and then Alexander Hleb struck a winner with seconds remaining.

However, Sanchez was unhappy with the penalty award, which gave Arsenal a lifeline.

Carlos Bocanegra contentiously brought down Kolo Toure in the area and Sanchez believed that referee Phil Dowd had only given the decision because three earlier Arsenal claims had gone unanswered.

“I haven’t seen the penalty so I don’t know,” Sanchez told Sky Sports News.

“But, it was the fourth time an Arsenal player went down in the box and the three early ones weren’t punished.

“We went to a Premier League meeting regarding ‘simulation’ and the three previous falls in the box weren’t punished so they must have been simulation.

“There was nothing done, but the fourth time it’s a penalty.”

Sanchez, though was also keen to look at the positives from the game.

“I felt we were good value for the lead and we had the chances to score a second,” Sanchez added.

“There are a lot of positives to come from the game.

“It’s the first of 37 matches and probably the fourth hardest game of the season and we performed creditably.

“With a little bit of luck we might have got something from the game, but the result was made on the referee’s decision.”