Arsenal were held to a draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday, however considering the way the game went, Mikel Arteta will feel his side were lucky to come away with a point, despite VAR being in the spotlight once again.
Chelsea took the lead from the penalty spot after William Saliba was deemed to have stopped a goal with his hand following a header from Mykhaylo Mudryk. The referee didn’t give the penalty in normal time, however after consulting with Jarred Gillett on VAR, he deemed the defender’s hand to be in an unnatural position which lead to the penalty being given.
This is the one decision I actually think they got correct on the day – I think it was a penalty, but here is where Arsenal got robbed…
Jarred Gillett decided Chelsea deserved a penalty after William Saliba handled the ball in the area, however he saw nothing wrong with the Chelsea keeper taking Gabriel Jesus out at head height by smashing into him, nowhere near the ball.
All pundits on Match of the Day in their analysis of the game all agreed, without question, that Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.
Gary Lineker said to Alan Shearer: “You spotted an incident, should Arsenal have had a penalty?” to which Shearer replied “absolutely!”
Gary Lineker adds “It’s very similar to the Onana one earlier in the season.” as Shearer interrupts with “they should have had a penalty, there’s no doubt.
“I mean Sanchez just comes and he wipes him out. What’s key for me is he actually catches him in the head, look he goes right through him here I see. I mean it’s a terrible challenge, how on Earth can the VAR not think that’s a penalty, and the referee!
“He’s nowhere near the ball, clears him out, wipes him out, of course it should have been a penalty.”
Micah Richards, sitting alongside Shearer, agreed with the former-Premier League striker, as did host Gary Lineker.
Even Chelsea legend, John Terry, said it was the wrong call: “Delighted we got the penalty, but I don’t agree with the rules on this, very harsh on defenders. I would have been fuming if that was given against me back in the day. But happy now.”
Nonetheless Arsenal managed to salvage a draw after being two goals down yesterday but if VAR had done its duty, they could have left with all three points despite producing one of their worst performances of the season so far.