Football, as was once said, is a funny old game, but is it just getting ridiculous now?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Last week in Arsenal’s game against Spurs we saw an argument ensue about a decision that, previously, would never have usually cause even a discussion.

Harry Kane was clearly offside as he went to challenge for the ball before Shkodran Mustafi nudged him in the back and he fell over like a ice-skating baby deer who’d had one too many beers.

Most people agreed that Anthony Taylor, as he tends to do, had got it wrong, and that Arsenal should have had a free kick. Even the referees’ union said it wasn’t a penalty.

But that wasn’t good enough for some. We had the likes of Sam Wallace, whom I normally have a lot of time for, not only convinced Taylor was right but actively arguing that point and being more than a little obnoxious about it (not Wallace specifically, others in the ‘debate’).

Fast forward six days and we were treated to a similar incident, this time involving Raheem Sterling.

If there is one player who will not be treated like Harry Kane by the media then it is Raheem Sterling so Arsenal fans everywhere sat up to take notice.

What would these people say about this incident?

Was Sterling offside?

Was his movement towards the ball enough to trigger the rule even if the ref didn’t give it?

What do you think?

It would be funny if it wasn’t so predictable.

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