Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang Can't Believe VAR Wasn't Used For Trent Alexander-Arnold Tackle
Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has complained about VAR after Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a red card following a dangerous and poorly-timed tackle on teammate Buyako Saka.
In the 48th minute of last night's Premier League clash at The Emirates, where Arsenal eventually went on to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson, the England international caught Saka's leg with his studs up.
It's fair to say Trent was lucky to stay on the pitch.
Thoughts? :eyes:#ARSLIV pic.twitter.com/izlA8CpPvw
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But despite the severity of the challenge VAR opted not to review the original incident and instead, referee Paul Tierney brandished a yellow card - a decision that has been widely criticised by pundits, fans and even players.
Aubameyang took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to voice his opinion on the matter, saying:
"WTF didnt even get the VAR on this one."
WTF didnt Even get the VAR on this one
- Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) July 16, 2020
Former Arsenal striker-turned-pundit Ian Wright was also criticial of the decision, comparing it to Eddie Nketiah's red card against Leicester earlier this month.
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In the club's 1-1 draw against The Foxes, the 21-year-old was involved in a very similar incident with defender James Justin, and he was subsequently sent for an early bath after the high challenge.
"There'll probably be some long-winded reason why that's not a sending off but Eddie Nketiah's is. Something like that. They were (very similar)." he said.
If Nketiah got a red, then Trent Alexander-Arnold also deserved a red. No consistency from the English refs again. pic.twitter.com/XkZyaT4vUv
- AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) July 15, 2020
Nketiah got a red card straight away but Trent's wasn't even reviewed by the VAR. This double standards man, I hate this inconsistency. #ARSLIV pic.twitter.com/9IVSCn54u2
- Dammit Arsenal ♀️ (@DammitArsenal) July 15, 2020
How is Trent's challenge not a red, but Nketiah's was?!?! #AFC pic.twitter.com/woGo9klsO3
- Gunners (@Gunnersc0m) July 15, 2020
Thoughts on the decision to give Alexander-Arnold a yellow card? Should it have been a red?
Let us know in the comments.
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