Arsenal were lucky with Flamini but were owed one…at least

I must say that although I am glad that Arsenal got the benefit of the controversial decision of a referee for a change, I feel sorry for AFC Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe. Really it should have been one of our previous two opponents Chelsea or Southampton that was on the wrong end of a call as they have both benefited from the officials at our expense this season.

Howe was clearly baffled after the game as to why Kevin Friend, who had a perfect and close up view of the incident between Mathieu Flamini and Dan Gosling, produced a yellow card for the Arsenal player for a two footed tackle. Both TV pundits Thierry Henry and Graeme Souness were on the side of the Bournemouth boss as well, even though they accepted that Flamini had not gone to injure his opponent and Gosling had time enough to avoid it.

Former Premier League ref Graham Poll told the Daily Mail that it was a definite red card and he also said, probably correctly, that Arsene Wenger would have been furious if it had been the other way around.

And even though I think there is a case to argue that Flamini clearly got the ball and not the player, we could not really have argued with a sending off. However, that is just one back for a number of decisions that have gone against the Gunners this season and damaging ones at that.

I think me might just have used up our luck, though, and another tackle like that against Leicester will see us go down to 10 men. With that in mind, should Wenger think long and hard about starting Flamini?

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    1. Mmmmm… Spoken like a trueeee… Wenger fanboy ?
      It’s been a while, my fellow deluded Gooner!,
      I hope that, all is well with you Bud? ?

      Normally, In those kind of incidents, Mr Wenger would claim that the Ref was blocking his view! ?

      Once a blagger, always a blagger!
      And when he constantly blags to his own ( The Fan’s)
      His a back stabbing blagger!
      Full Time money grabber,
      He Can’t, get nooooo … satisfaction,
      just like … Mick … Jagger ?

      1. What does Wenger has to do with this? The fact that you can’t trust what you actually see and you rather take a shot at anyone else voids any oppinion you my have on the matter.
        Ball was touched FIRST, yes it was intense but nevertheless ball contact well before anything else. If it was the other way around it wouldn’t even be given. Deal with it.

  1. City going for Pogba
    Utd going for Bale
    Chelsea going for Griezmann
    Arsenal going for ???

    Wouldn’t mind Griezmann to be honest though, would slot in nicely at RW. Opposite side of Alexis. Lukaku isn’t a good shout too.

  2. There’s no other reasonable explanation for Wenger’s continuous use of Flamini, Other than, keeping a future billionaire sweet! and on good terms ???

    It’s always about the Money, with mr “pound stretcher” Wenger! ?

    1. I was not happy to see Flamini start but Wenger explained the reason. Coq is not at full match fitness.

  3. I think yellow as the right call but it was horrible technique by Flamini and completely unnecessary. He had time to go in with a proper one footed tackle. You know, the kind most kids learn by age 10 or so.

  4. @fatboy gooney your hatred for wenger is so big that it clouds your judgement.your comments/arguments no longer make any sense or can stand,it is laughable really!!if your goal is argue for the wob,s well let me tell you are doing them a disservice(not that i am one mind you!)

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