There will be many repercussions after this North London Derby and it is absolutely correct that Arsenal should feel hard done by, after some atrocious decisions by the referee and linesmen meant that we ended up losing two extremely important points in the race for the Top Four.
There were many incidents that need looking at but we’ll take the obvious ones first shall we….
So we got a penalty in the final minute, which would normally mean that we win the game, although I totally disagree that Aubameyang should have been the penalty-taker. But one things for sure, if the ref had actually been watching it would have been retaken for ‘encroaching’. Have a look at just how close Vertonghen got to Aubz, but nobody noticed?
— Mikey (@M_1_K_3_Y_) March 2, 2019
Secondly, here is a pic of the free kick that resulted in Harry Kane getting a penalty. Who is the Number 10 furthest forward?
FIVE (5) Tottenham players are offside in this picture and Kane is the most offside of them all. Who was the linesman tracking, Hugo Lloris? pic.twitter.com/i9DqX3vDcY
— MJ (@MJ_Boh_) March 2, 2019
Now let’s have a look at an incident that the referee didn’t even notice. Would anyone say that Sanchez wouldn’t have been sent off for this if the ref was actually watching?
So FA……..how about Sanchez?? pic.twitter.com/bBnnYfxdt7
— gunner-gal26 (@gunner_x49) March 2, 2019
Okay now we are going to look at the model professional Danny Rose, who managed to get Lucas Torreira sent off, despite having no contact at all with our midfielder. And compare it to Rose’s slight contact with Bernd Leno’s chest, which only resulted in a yellow card….
When Torreira makes contact with the ball – look how for Rose is away from him.
Completely different to the proximity of Rose and Leno. pic.twitter.com/6WxhTOmCqq
— Phil Costa (@_PhilCosta) March 2, 2019
This is a very bad state of affairs that all the officials failed to notice the actual facts when they were right in front of them. Not to mention the fact that Harry Kane shouldn’t have even been playing after headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta and elbowing David Luiz last week, but Lacazette gets a three game ban for one elbow!
This makes it so dubious about referees being biased, but the fact is that those two lost points could cost Arsenal a place in the Champions League next season. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see if Karma comes back to bite Tottenham in the bum before the end of the season, because the referees are hardly going to punish them….