Minutes after Arsenal were turned down for a stonewall penalty on Alexis Sanchez, Sunderland are awarded a spot kick at the other end. Some clumsy goalkeeping from Petr Cech brought down the hard working Duncan Watmore in the Arsenal box, with Jermain Defoe doing the necessary from 12 yards shortly after.
With the game brought back to 1-1 after Arsenal’s dominance throughout, fury spread across the Arsenal team. Sanchez earned himself a little note in the referees book for his complaints, with the Gunners understandably feeling hard done by. Decisions don’t get much worse than Martin Atkinson’s to turn down Sanchez’s penalty claims, but that does little to excuse the poor defending that let Watmore through.
Arsenal fans really, really aren’t pleased with Atkinson.
Coquelin take the red and stamp on Martin Atkinson. I'll pay your fine.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) October 29, 2016
Then again, however angry you get this sort of comment is pretty ugly reading.
Atkinson is a clown
— Cookie (@SimplyCookie_) October 29, 2016
Atkinson probably isn’t too popular in the North London area about now.
Can't believe some people are criticising Martin Atkinson for giving that penalty. Should be criticising Cech instead, Ospina should start.
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) October 29, 2016
Some Arsenal fans found someone else to direct their anger at, which is sort of nice.
Martin Atkinson has bottled it twice there. Firstly it was a pen to Arsenal, secondly Cech should have had a red. Poor reffing
— Fletch (@JonnyJigger) October 29, 2016
Others just need to familiarise themselves with the law changes…