Alexandre Lacazette is the latest Arsenal player to admit he was frustrated by apparent inequity in the referee’s decisions against Manchester City.
After Arsenal were denied a penalty, Manchester City were given a penalty, Arsenal were handed a red card for two yellows whilst City didn’t receive a single yellow until injury time, it’s clear why many fans have focused on the refereeing in the match.
The players also shared the same frustrations, with the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard already expressing themselves on the topic.
Ramsdale questioned the consistency of the use of VAR, with the referee told to look at one penalty and not the other. Odegaard was also bemused after failing to receive a clear penalty whilst City were gifted a ‘very soft’ one.
Alexandre Lacazette has added his name to the list of complainants.
“It’s frustrating to see some of these decisions,” Lacazette told RMC (via GFFN). “We’re not going to comment on them, so as not to have any problems [with the authorities].
“There’s a lot of frustration over some of the decisions today, especially based on what the referee told me.
“Overall the decisions in the match and the cards he gave us, I didn’t see many for their side, despite committing the same fouls. It’s part of football and VAR.”
Despite all that, Lacazette still believes there are positives to take from the game, particularly when compared against the match away at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season.
“I think we’ve improved between the first [game] and this game, we saw a totally different Arsenal team with a lot more ambition,” Lacazette argued.
“We know how to take risks, to control. We can build on this game, even if the result didn’t come. I’m still proud of what we did today.”
Arsenal need to carry those positives into their upcoming run of fixtures. They don’t have to play against Manchester City again, but they still have the rest of the big six to face one more time in the league before the season ends.