It wouldn’t be an English Premier League weekend without some sort of refereeing controversy to discuss and this weekend is no different after Saturday’s action with Arsenal left fuming after decisions they perceive went against them unfairly.
Stoke ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Jese Rodriguez debut goal but the Gunners were not focused on that after the match, believing that they could have drawn or even won the game had Andre Marriner and his team made different calls.
From a penalty shout for a challenge on Hector Bellerin to Alexandre Lacazette’s disallowed offside goal, Arsene Wenger was not a happy man in his post-match interview.
As quoted by the BBC, Wenger said:
We know we don’t get penalties. Look at the numbers and you will see. We had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else.
Ultimately it was the Gunners’ inability to create chances that cost them the match but on another day the decisions that went against them could have gone for them.
Arsenal fans weren’t anymore happy with the officiating, many believing the Lacazette offside ruling was impossible to determine from a distance.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
— Jamie Arsenal (@WeHaveSanchez) August 19, 2017
Watching #afc game back. 3 penalties not given & an onside goal flagged offside. Safe to say Stoke got away with it. Bad day for officials.
— Sam (@samuelJayC) August 20, 2017
Just rewatched the Arsenal game don't believe that the refs assistant could have seen Lacazette's toe was offside – #afc very unlucky
— heather davidson (@heatherdavidso5) August 20, 2017
Absolutely need to change this offside rule.If It means the linesman (not assistant ref) has to guess then it isnt fair to either team #AFC
— Lee Starling (@starleyboy001) August 19, 2017
— Vanessa Louise (@Tetrous) August 19, 2017
Fuming after today's loss. Should be 2/2 wins. A penalty on that foul on Bellerin would have changed the game. #afc
— Polish Gooner (@PrzybyszMatt11) August 19, 2017
— Carl Bövis ⚽ (@CarlBovis_AFC) August 19, 2017