Arsenal Shoots themselves in the foot as Referee’s decisions questioned

Arsenal’s run of form proved to be no fluke for the champions of England in the first half but a dramatic second half ensures Manchester City steal all three points available at the Emirates stadium.

Arsenal who took a deserved lead through in form Bukayo Saka in the first half will feel harmed by decisions of the referee throughout the match.

Arsenal in the first half made a legitimate penalty claim that could have gone either way but the VAR and the match official ruled in favour of Ederson. This decision could have gone either way as Ederson got part of both the man and the ball when Odegaard was played through on goal.

The first half ended with Arsenal leading and looking assured and controlled the game. Much of the Drama came in the second half when Xhaka was adjudged to have fouled Benardo Silva in the penalty area. The referee after consulting the VAR gave Manchester City the penalty which Mahrez scored expertly.

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As much as Arsenal argued about the penalty, Xhaka was clearly pulling the shirt of Benardo Silva even though Silva was almost making attempts of falling.

This resulted in a booking for Xhaka and through this process, Gabriel Silva received his first yellow card for decent. Gabriel was too naïve and could have prevented this yellow card as the match tempo and tempers were rising.

Not later than 5 minutes was Gabriel adjudged to have fouled Gabriel Jesus for his second yellow card of the day resulting in a red card.

Despite Arsenal’s best effort, Manchester City through Rodri snatched the winner in stoppage time after playing over 30 minutes with a man less.

City extends their lead at the top to 11 points with the second and third placed teams (Chelsea and Liverpool respectively) facing each other tomorrow.


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