Pep Guardiola is turning the Premier League into La Liga or maybe the Bundesliga itself as far the trolls are concerned, but the fact is Manchester City are running right into the Premier League title this season already harnessing an eight-point lead over closest rival Manchester United. With an uphill task to stop City, Arsenal would have been more than happy if they could have salvaged a point in the away game. Though things didn’t turn out as expected for Wenger and company and it turned out to be a 3-1 scoreline at the Etihad. Even though City’s domination was seen, the decisions made by the referee and linesman has come under the hammer.
Controversial calls leading to goals
The first goal was a clinical finish by Kevin de Bruyne before referee gave City a penalty on Monreal’s challenge on Sterling inside the box. Aguerconverteded the resultant penalty to continue his good run. Later on David Silva set up substitute Gabriel Jesus for City’s third after Lacazette had also pulled one off for the Gunners. Though the finish by Jesus was clean, it was Silva who looked offside on the run to leave the Arsenal defenders stranded.
Wenger angered by the decisions
Speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day, the Frenchman came down heavily on the decisions made and believed that his side deserved to go home with a point.
“I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger said. “It was a provoked penalty by Sterling. We know that he dives well – he does that very well.
“And the third goal was offside. I am disappointed. You can accept it if City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but the way it happened is unacceptable.
“It is the second time in two years. We conceded two goals offside last year and we concede a goal here offside again.”
City angered by Wenger’s comment on Sterling
Manchester City staff has come down blasting at Arsene Wenger for his diver remark against Raheem Sterling. City officials instead claimed that the England international was honest as he didn’t claim a penalty in the first half after being down on the goal-line.
City are surprised with the fact that Wenger comments came despite the fact that he tried to sign Sterling against Sanchez in the summer. Though City showed no intention to sell the former Liverpool man, it was a reported £60 million deal for Sanchez that collapsed on the deadline day.
Pep Guardiola also commented saying that Arsenal should remember the times when controversial decisions helped them instead. The City manager reffered to the Laurent Koscielny handball against Burnley last season which proved to be the difference between the two sides.
What do others think?
While a large section would agree that Silva was clearly offside, penalty decision is something worth debating upon. The Mirror quoted former referee Dermot Gallagher who instead was of the opinion that Monreal was lucky not to be sent off for that tackle.
“Sterling’s in possession of the ball, Monreal comes across, barges into him,” Gallagher told Sky Sports News HQ.
“You could argue he’s in on goal, he hasn’t made a clear attempt to play the ball. It could well have been a red card. It’s definitely a penalty.”
Though the decisions came under scanner but it seemed more like a error that could have been avoided if the offside decision is concerned. But with no VAR in place, such errors are bound to happen. What do you think? Should the Premier League pave the way for VAR? Tell us through your comments.