Here is Twitter reacted as Arsenal fans vent against the referee for Aubameyang’s penalty.
The clash between two North London sides Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal never fails to seize. The game was once again filled with controversies, and Arsenal fans feel that some decisions went against them.
There is no doubt that Arsenal were the superior side throughout the game, but they were denied by a dubious penalty awarded to Harry Kane. During the first half, Alexandre Lacazette produced a very good through ball which resulted in a quick counter-attack from the Gunners.
Aaron Ramsey was on the end of it and went scored past the helpless Hugo Lloris in the 16th minute. The game was equally balanced for rest of the first half and the Gunners handled the situations well to keep Spurs attackers on a check.
However, moments before the half time whistle, Bernd Leno pulled off a miraculous save to protect the lead. When Harry Kane looped the ball over the defence to find Christian Eriksen, the Danish International’s shot was saved by the German goalkeeper.
But, it felt kindly for Moussa Sissoko who could not convert the chance from close range, thanks to an instant reflex save from Arsenal’s goalkeeper despite being wrong-footed. This save helped the visitors to take the lead into the half time.
The resilient Arsenal defence stood strong, but the referee awarded a penalty despite four players staying in offside for Spurs. Laurent Koscielny handled the ball inside the penalty box which forced the officiates to handle a penalty. Harry Kane took the spot kick and finished it off whilst Leno dived to another side.
Apart from these two decisions, there were kicks from Danny Rose and Davidson Sanchez on Bernd Leno and Laurent Koscielny respectively.
Both the sides had equally good chances, but it came down to the spot kick which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to convert. It was the main moment of controversy when Jan Vertonghen ran into the penalty box before the Gabonese International took the spot kick.
When Alex Iwobi was present to square the ball up to the Arsenal’s top scorer, Jan Vertonghen got a crucial touch to divert the ball over the crossbar. That decision was being questioned by plenty of fans who were infuriated with the referee for not retaking the penalty.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 2, 2019
Here is how Twitter reacted to that poor decision when Aubameyang should have retaken the penalty.
The officials today were outstanding from a Spurs perspective.
Offside not flagged for Arsenal despite a big 18 yard box line literally showing how far off they are.
Vertonghen looks like he’s about to go and take the Aubameyang penalty. It should have been retaken.
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) March 2, 2019
‘How on earth did Vertonghen manage to block that?’
Maybe the fact that he was five yards inside the box when Aubameyang hit the penalty had an impact.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 2, 2019
We just saw another look of Aubameyang penalty, should have been retaken as Vertonghen in box before kick. Made even worse that he makes last ditch tackle to stop PEA scoring off rebound. #Unlucky
— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) March 2, 2019
— Alex Reynolds (@al_reynolds98) March 2, 2019
On the missed penalty – Vertonghen was 3 or 4 yards inside the box when it was struck, and never would have got the block in if he wasnt in the box. Hope we’ll appeal that red card too. Happily that lot are fucked when VAR comes in.
— Mark (@Gooner_GAWA) March 2, 2019
On viewing Lloris penalty save again, Vertonghen was way inside the box when Auba took the shot, he went on to block the tap-in on the goal line few seconds later! Another shocking negligence by the referee #PremierLeague #TOTARS #VARNeeded pic.twitter.com/BIYELJVbwv
— Premier League Fan (@premiereplfan) March 2, 2019
Rose’s lunge on Leno = not a sending off; Sanchez’s stamp on Koscielny = not even a booking; Vertoghen encroaching in the area during Auba’s penalty = no retake given. Kane not suspended vs Chelsea. The FA and their officials don’t even try to hide the bias anymore. Corruption. pic.twitter.com/sRIvuSNyvo
— Olle Le Moine (@OlleLeMoine) March 2, 2019