Friday, December 3

ROUGH TACKLE: Arsenal Fans Furious As Trent Alexander-Arnold Escapes Red Card For Dangerous Tackle On Saka

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Frankie Omokhua

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped being shown a red card after a bad tackle on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka as
Arsenal supporters were furious with the decision in their 2-1 win over Liverpool.

They claimed the challenge was no different to Eddie Nketiah’s against Leicester City after The Gunners forward was sent off for a similar tackle on James Justin this month.

The Gunners beat the champions 2-1 at the Emirates on Wednesday night after coming from behind, but, just after half-time the right back could easily have been sent for an early bath as he went studs up into Saka’s leg.

Saka was left in agony after the challenge and replays suggest the Liverpool youngster should have been shown a red card. He was instead issued a yellow card by referee, Paul Tierney, with VAR opting not to review the original decision.

Meanwhile, Gunners fans have taken to social media to vent their frustrations, with many pointing out that the challenge was similar to Eddie Nketiah’s on James Justin against Leicester, for which he was shown a red card and handed a three-match ban.

“How on earth did this not even get a VAR review? Clear red card”, raged one fan on Twitter. ‘

Another wrote: “Eddie Nketiah got a red card, Trent didn’t. Worst refs in Europe! Incredible inconsistency”.

One user also questioned why VAR had not checked the challenge, adding: “VAR didn’t see this Trent Alexander-Arnold tackle that deserved a red card? Nonsense”.

As the anger continued on social media, another Gunners fan claimed that VAR was ‘failing’ the club.

The post read: “How was Alexander-Arnold able to escape a red card for that challenge on Bukayo Saka?

“Looked more reckless than Nketiah’s tackle on Leicester’s City’s Justin. Got slapped with a three-match suspension but Arnold? Just a yellow … VAR again failing us yet again”.

Luckily for Arsenal, they did not need a numerical advantage as they bounced back from a disappointing loss to rivals, Tottenham, in the north London derby to beat the Premier League champions after initially going behind in the first half.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp’s men before an unlikely mistake from Virgil van Dijk gifted an equaliser to Alexandre Lacazette.

Youngster, Reiss Nelson, then netted the winner on the stroke of half-time after a rare blunder from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

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