Alan Shearer insists Arsenal deserved a penalty against Chelsea

Alan Shearer believes that Arsenal was denied a clear-cut penalty when Robert Sanchez collided with Gabriel Jesus in the match against Chelsea.

Arsenal managed to salvage a 2-2 draw after falling 2-0 behind in the game, thanks to a contentious penalty decision and a mistake by David Raya.

With the Gunners trailing 2-0, Sanchez collided with Gabriel Jesus when attempting to intercept a cross but failed to make contact with the ball. The referee and VAR did not deem it a penalty at the time, but similar incidents have been awarded as penalties in other matches. Shearer suggests that the decision could have gone the other way in a different game.

After the match, Shearer insists it should have been a penalty. The former Newcastle United man said, as quoted by The Sun:

“They should have had (a penalty). There’s no doubt about it.

“Sanchez has just come out, and he wipes him out, Jesus.

“What’s key for me is that he catches him in the head.

“Look, he goes right through him here. It’s a terrible challenge.

“How on earth can the VAR not think that’s a penalty, and the referee? He is nowhere near the ball.”

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  1. Gunsmoke, yes it was, but when incompetent people run the system, it hasn’t got a chance to do what it was designed to do.

  2. ken, can anyone explain why the English FA and Referees Association didn’t implement VAR along the successful lines of the last World Cup and as applied in Europe? Is this another case of the influence of Mike Reilly?
    There is not a fair minded observer with knowledge of the laws of football, who didn’t see this incident as a clear cut penalty to Arsenal.
    The relative incompetence of English referees can be seen from the fact that they are rarely selected to officiate at international tournaments. So much for the EPL being the best run league, as well as the richest. The officiating requires the best, but fails miserably.

  3. Was shocking how the referee turned away after the incidence. Why did the players not raise an alarm either?

  4. PGMOL gone nuts, Arsenal deserves atleast an apology on behalf of the officials from the football governing body.

    Wolves were wrongly denied a penalty and the chance to equalize against Manchester United in stoppage time, after the big Cameroon International goalie collided with Sasa Kalajdzic, Howard Webb did apologize for failing award a spot kick.
    In retrospect the damage was already done as Man United went on to win the contest.

    Howard Webb promised then that he would learned from the blunder, fast forward a couple of months and PGMOL have failed to show any improvement after Sanchez clobbered Jesus the exact way on Saturday night.

    The Newcastle legend is right “Sanchez came out and just wipes Jesus out”

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