Spurs had a goal disallowed and later on Man City had a goal which would have been their 5th disallowed, both after the ball inadvertently brushed the arm of a player from the side that scored in the build up. Technically it was hand ball, but whatever happened to the term ‘deliberate’ – has that now disappeared along with ‘common sense’ and ‘spirit of the law or game’ in this modern era of robotic refereeing?
Of course when it happened to the mob from Middlesex I just chuckled, especially when I saw the not so special one having a meltdown on the sidelines, that’s always good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I was a bit miffed later on when what would have looked a total walk over at 5-0 was reduced back to 4-0 in the City vs Scouser game, which whilst still emphatic, at the the same time isn’t quite as complete at a good old 5-0…
Now so far the Glorious Gunners have avoided those kinds of disappointments. We’ve had three referees in our last three games who we usually don’t have and I think in general we’ve been treated fairly, but we all know that we’ll get Mike Dean again and the hopeless Atkinson, probably when we play Spurs and Man City in the Cup. It’s almost as if the PGMOL are setting us up, giving us a fair crack of the whip before engineering another major stitch up in a game that matters.
I had hoped that VAR would be beneficial to Arsenal as we seem to suffer more injustices than most, but I’m not sure that it has with Riley still at the helm and the usual suspects sitting in judgement in Stockley Park.
What do you think?