Liverpool fans berate referee over ‘dreadful’ penalty decisions at Emirates
Arsenal v Liverpool on Sunday afternoon turned out to be a classic, with the hosts eventually prevailing 3-2 winners in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
However, the result arguably swung on two controversial penalty decisions, both of which went against Liverpool. In the first half, with the Gunners 1-0 up thanks to an early Gabriel Martinelli strike, a penalty claim against the other Gabriel was dismissed by referee Michael Oliver.
In the incident, Jota’s cross attempt appeared to have been handled by Gabriel inside his own penalty area, with the Arsenal defender having his arm in a high – and thus unnatural – position.
However, after a VAR check, no penalty was awarded.
The Reds would once again draw level in the second period, but parity didn’t last very long.
In the 75th minute, Thiago Alcantara was adjudged to have kicked Gabriel Jesus’ calf inside the Liverpool box as the Brazilian attempted to shoot.
One enraged Liverpool fan wrote on Twitter: “I think I’m done with football! We have more technology in the game than we’ve ever had, yet the officials get it so wrong time after time! Blatant handball in the first half, nothing given. 50 50 ball in the second half, penalty to Arsenal. Dreadful refereeing!”
The decision to award Arsenal the penalty in the second half proved divisive, as many pundits and ex-players also thought it wasn’t a penalty. This included former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who stated on Twitter: “I can’t have that that’s a penalty [Thiago’s foul on Jesus].”
The victory returns Mikel Arteta’s side to the top of the Premier League table, as they now lead Manchester City by a single point.
It doesn’t get any easier for Jurgen Klopp’s side either, as they face Manchester City next weekend. Remarkably, this is Liverpool’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in a decade.
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