Arsenal and referees are in a rocky relationship ahead of Valentines Day. We’ve almost always had a problem with some of the decisions made over the years, but the last 10 days have fueled the fire.
From Bruno Fernandes getting away with what seemed certain to be a red card offence to David Luiz getting sent off for almost nothing, and from Ezri Konsa not seeing red to Alexandre Lacazette not getting a penalty, we’ve had it pretty rough.
That’s plenty of examples right there, but if you’re looking for another one, Arsenal legend Martin Keown spotted something in our game against Aston Villa that will spark ‘outrage’ among supporters who are already feeling hard done by.
Keown told BT Sport during their live coverage of the game: “I am not too sure why he has been booked for that, to be fair. The Arsenal fans would be in outrage about that one. Well, the referee couldn’t have seen it properly. Of course, he thinks he has seen something.”
Five minutes into the second half, Partey drove forward and was challenged.
The Arsenal man got the ball first and then a bit of Marvelous Nakamba, and play should’ve continued. However, a loud scream by the Aston Villa midfielder convinced the referee to give the Ghanaian a yellow card.
If Partey had missed the ball completely and caught Nakamba on his ankle, a yellow card would’ve been worthy. However, it was the scream that convinced the referee, and not the action itself, which raises a number of questions over the standards of officiating in the best league in the world.
Arsene Wenger boldly predicted a few years ago that not one English referee would go to the World Cup in Russia and nobody did. (Guardian) If this carries on, they can kiss their chances of heading to Qatar next year goodbye as well.