Petr Cech believes that if it hadn’t been for the linesman and Michael Oliver’s mistake on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal might have managed to get something from their game against Manchester City.

At 2-1, after Alexandre Lacazette came on and scored in the 65th minute, Cech reckons that Arsenal could have gotten something from their match against City. However, when the offside goal was given, the goalkeeper believes it changed the game.

“I can’t really comment on the penalty incident because I had the players running from a completely different angle to the referee,” said the 35-year-old post-match.
“Suddenly I saw Sterling falling and the referee’s decision. At the moment, without seeing anything on the TV, I can’t really comment on that.
“The third goal, I was surprised when it went in because I thought Silva was far [in front] of everybody.
“But again, the referee has a better view than I did and you have to accept the decision. I think the referees have a difficult enough job. They need to make their decisions.
“If he got it right or wrong, I don’t know, but obviously the third goal made a difference because it took away the opportunity for us to find the equaliser.”
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The goal was offside. David Silva was about a yard off when he received the ball and squared it to Gabriel Jesus, who was never going to miss without any defenders pressuring him, which they should have continued to do regardless of whether they thought the City players were offside or not.

The wrongly allowed goal did take the wind out of Arsenal’s sails so perhaps they could have equalised if it hadn’t been given. We’ll never know.

However, City were the better team and the penalty that Oliver awarded to the home side was probably correct, despite Arsene Wenger insisting it was a dive. It was soft, sure, but Nacho Monreal made contact and we know that’s all most attacking players need to go over these days.

It was a frustrating game but probably a fair result in the end when you look at the two teams’ performances.

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