Poor refereeing probably saved Ramsdale against West Ham claims pundit

Noel Whelan believes Aaron Ramsdale fouled Jarrod Bowen in one of the controversial incidents in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against West Ham at the weekend.

The Gunners got the important win which has placed them in the driving seat as they attempt to make a return to the Champions League.

One controversial episode in that game was when Ramsdale appeared to take down Bowen.

The referee, however, didn’t think the Arsenal man did anything wrong, and VAR did not intervene.

However, the former Leeds United man, Whelan, says it might not be a red card incident, but it was obviously a foul, and it deserved to be given.

He tells Football Insider: “It’s a foul. He dodges the contact, which brings him down – but if the tackle doesn’t come in, it’s a goal-scoring opportunity.

“I’m not saying it’s a sending off, there were people covering round – but it’s dangerous and it stopped a real chance.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Ramsdale was probably lucky in that incident, because in another match, a penalty could have been given.

Luck is a part of the game, and the way Arsenal played, they deserved to win.

We need to move on from it now and focus on earning maximum points from our remaining matches of the season.

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  1. It wasn’t a penalty as It was way outside the box. I thought it was a foul by Ramsdale and couldn’t believe the ref booked Bowen, though Bowen didn’t complain.

    1. Ramsdale said that after the incident, Bowen got up and told the ref it wasn’t a foul. He just wanted to jump in case he did get scythed and injured.

      Should have been no card or foul either way.

      But then, you can’t really trust anything that comes out of Rambo’s mouth. Which is one of the reasons I love him.

    2. Exactly.
      That’s the only reason I think there’s something we may have missed. I was sure Aaron was going to be sent off.
      Strange one this one.

      1. I also thought he was going to be sent off, especially with that referee Mike Dean. Reckon he thought Bowen dived so booked him.

  2. It certainly was a close call and if it was WH’s keeper I’d be shouting for him to be sent off but having said that, Ramsdale said he didn’t touch him.

  3. YOU DUMMY!!! why can’t you try the panenka penalty kick instead of blazing into the stands,u are worthless.

  4. I wouldn’t say we got lucky but two or three decisions went our way and that was probably because they were not CLEAR AND OBVIOUS. Ramsdale was a lucky bunny, that he missed Bowen or more like Bowen missed him but he didn’t touch Bowen, not by design though.

  5. All those decisions could have gone any way, but to have them coming from Mike Dean and we are actually the beneficiary, is another matter.

    Even Jon had express some concerns prior to the game, if am correct.

    The great Wenger was made to suffer for years with questionable decisions from Mike Dean, so to have two favouring us in one match I will take all day

  6. Poor refereeing cost Arsenal soooooo Much tooooo much . its time our players start getting streetwise×

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