Arsene Wenger says the penalty decision was ‘farcical’, and he’s fed up of the media letting referees off the hook no matter what happens.
Eden Hazard received a slight touch on his foot from Hector Bellerin late on in Arsenal’s match against Chelsea. He went down in agony clutching his shin, and Anthony Taylor duly awarded a penalty.
No surprises there, after Mike Dean gave a penalty for ball-to-hand at the weekend. Arsene Wenger said the match was entertaining, but couldn’t help pointing out how it was ruined by another poor decision.
“I think it was a great football game,” the boss told Arsenal.com. “(However) we got, again, a farcical decision, but we knew that as well before, so we have to deal with that. That’s it basically.”
When asked about the penalty decision, he responded: “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it. I’m fed up with that. The referees get away with you, the English press, no matter what they do.”
In the first-half, Victor Moses clipped Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ heels in the box, but the referee gave nothing. The level of contact was almost exactly the same as for the challenge on Hazard later, but the decision went against Arsenal both times.
This is starting to become a common theme, so you can understand Wenger’s frustration, particularly when the FA have just charged him for comments pointing that theme out. The only solace is that this might help VAR’s introduction.
The Video Assistant Referee system is already in use in many leagues around Europe, but not in the Premier League.
There are trials planned, including one in Arsenal’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Hopefully, when the FA finally decide to move into the 21st century and bring it in, mistake will be cut down considerably.
The number of incorrect game-changing decisions seen every week is becoming damaging.