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Arsenal Fans Can’t Believe Penalty Wasn’t Given For Erik Pieters’ Blatant Handball

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Arsenal Fans Can’t Believe Penalty Wasn’t Given For Erik Pieters’ Blatant Handball

Arsenal fans are astonished their team failed to get a second-half penalty against Burnley after the ball clearly struck Erik Pieters' outstretched arm.

With the game at 1-1, Nicolas Pepe's ball inside the box bounced towards Pieters and was seemingly batted back down by the Burnley player's arm. The Arsenal attacker appealed vigorously for a penalty - but to no avail.

VAR even examined the decision - but "proximity" was the reason given for the lack of a spot-kick. Which seems a bit of a stretch.

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On BT Sport, former Premier League referee Peter Walton, expressed his clear surprise that it wasn't a penalty - and plenty of Arsenal fans on social media were in full, fuming agreement.

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As if that wasn't eventful enough for Dutch full-back Pieters, he also blocked Pepe's shot with a goalline clearance just minutes later - only to be shown a red card for handball as a penalty was awarded for Arsenal.

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But as replays showed the ball came off Pieters' shoulder, referee Andre Marriner reversed both of his decisions.

Pieters - and his arm and shoulder - certainly had an eventful time of it as the 1-1 draw reached a wild ending with Arsenal pressing for a late winner.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had originally put Arsenal in the lead after his shot beat Nick Pope at his near post.

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However Burnley equalised in bizarre circumstances in the first half when Granit Xhaka, standing inside his own box, pinged a pass right at Chris Wood. The ball simply bounced off Wood's hip and into the net.

Given the chances they had in the second half - including what should have probably been a penalty against Pieters - Arsenal fans will be wondering how they didn't take three points on Saturday afternoon.

Topics: Premier League, Arsenal, Burnley

Alex Reid
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