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Gabriel tweeted about penalty incident in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Newcastle

Gabriel tweeted about penalty incident in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Newcastle

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle but Mikel Arteta felt his side should have had two penalties.

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes tweeted a clip of the penalty claim he had turned down in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday night.

The league leaders were left frustrated by Eddie Howe's side and missed out on the chance to go 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta lost his cool on the touchline at the Emirates and had a flare-up with the fourth official and Eddie Howe late on after a second penalty appeal was rejected.

Granit Xhaka's cross hit Jacob Murphy on the arm and Arsenal wanted handball, though referee Andy Madley waved away any protests.

In a spiky post-match interview, Arteta claimed Arsenal should have had two penalties and that it was "scandalous" they were not given.

The other penalty incident he was referring to came on the hour mark when Dan Burn tugged Gabriel's shirt and brought him down from an Arsenal free-kick.

There was no intervention from VAR, though Gary Neville admitted Newcastle got away with one when discussing in the Sky Sports studio.

“VAR officials with Howard Webb have been told to not get involved unless you have to,” Neville opined.

“Arteta has a right to be annoyed at that one. Newcastle were very lucky there. I think they (Arsenal) have a right to feel aggrieved.”

And Gabriel, who was on the receiving end of the challenge, took to Twitter to vent his frustrations. At midnight, he posted a clip of Burn impeding him, complete with a face palm emoji.

The post has been viewed 2.6 million times and racked up quote-tweets and likes. Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand was on the panel for the game and was in disbelief as to how a penalty was not awarded.

“I don’t understand how that is not clear and obvious,” Ferdinand commented.

“It’s a clear cut penalty. He has got hold of his shirt. If players are bumping into each other, you can understand referees waving it on in the box. But if you’ve hold of somebody’s shirt and it’s as clear as day, it’s a penalty.”

Madley handed out NINE yellow cards in the game, including five in the first half.

Unused substitute Jamaal Lascelles was the final player to get booked as while warming up, he deliberately prevented Thomas Partey from taking his throw-in.

Arsenal are back in action on Monday when they travel to Oxford in the FA Cup, before they play rivals Tottenham in the second North London derby of the season.

They are eight points clear at the top but that gap could be reduced to five if Manchester City beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports & Gabriel Magalhaes

Topics: Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Gabriel Magalhaes, Newcastle United