Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to slam Michael Oliver, after the referee sent off Ainsley Maitland-Niles in harsh fashion as the Gunners crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Leicester – they have now conceded three times in their last three matches against Crystal Palace, Wolves and the Foxes.
The Arsenal academy graduate received his first booking for a shoulder-to-shoulder clash with Ben Chilwell, which seemed very soft.
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Maitland-Niles was then given his marching orders for a desperate lunge on James Maddison, which left the England Under-21 star rolling on the floor – replays show that the Arsenal full-back didn’t actually make much contact with the attacking midfielder.
His dismissal set the tempo for the rest of the game and saw Unai Emery’s men concede three second-half goals, leading to yet another loss which has put a huge dent in their top four hopes.
Let’s see what the Arsenal fans on Twitter are saying about Oliver’s refereeing…
First yellow was an outrageous decision… ref hasn’t been consistent which has helped Leicester take even more control of our poor display thus far. They didn’t need help we were dreadful anyway.
— Spudfingers (@spudfingers) April 28, 2019
You could see Ainsley Maitland-Niles saying to Maddison "That's poor, that's poor. I didn't even touch you" Awful, awful refereeing from Oliver, one of our players was inevitably going to be sent off with him in charge.
— Ali™ (@AliFutbol) April 28, 2019
You can only laugh about it.
— tick natton (@ticknattles) April 28, 2019
And neither was a yellow. Absolute joke of a ref.
— Kahlil Kierans (@lordkahlil) April 28, 2019
Really felt like he was targeting @Arsenal players, Leicester players kept getting away with horrible challenges and @Arsenal players kept getting booked for a soft fouls. It felt weird, I thought he was a decent ref…?
— Yuriy (@yura910721) April 28, 2019
— Mikko (@Mikkony) April 28, 2019
Never a red. Michael Oliver loves stitching us up. He's trying to block the pass, not even a challenge on the man. This is a decision from someone who's never played football #afc
— Nick Wells (@N5Wells) April 28, 2019
— Dave G (@TheGutt) April 28, 2019