Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Penalty Should Have Been Retaken
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the perfect opportunity to win the North London Derby on Saturday afternoon after a controversial penalty was given in the final minutes of the game.
Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez brushed the Gabon international inside the area and to the bemusement of many, referee Anthony Taylor awarded a spot-kick.
Aubameyang, who has scored more goals in London derbies this season than anyone else, looked confident as he stepped up, but he couldn't convert.
Hugo Lloris made a great save to deny the 29-year-old, palming away to his right hand side, and Spurs went on to pick up a point at Wembley.
But should it have been retaken?
Image: Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen inside the box by several yards as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strikes his penalty. #afc pic.twitter.com/scYr8QxMSk
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 2, 2019
Replays clearly show that Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen was inside the box before Aubameyang took the spot-kick.
Seconds later the Belgian cleared off the line to stop another huge chance.
Should it have been retaken? Many people on social media picked up Vertonghen's positioning:
The officials today were outstanding from a Spurs perspective.
Offside not flagged for Arsenal despite a big 18 yard box line literally showing how far off they are.
Vertonghen looks like he's about to go and take the Aubameyang penalty. It should have been retaken.
- TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) March 2, 2019
'How on earth did Vertonghen manage to block that?'
Maybe the fact that he was five yards inside the box when Aubameyang hit the penalty had an impact.
- Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 2, 2019
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We just saw another look of Aubameyang penalty, should have been retaken as Vertonghen in box before kick. Made even worse that he makes last ditch tackle to stop PEA scoring off rebound. #Unlucky
- Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) March 2, 2019
Arsenal getting mugged off twice, Vertonghen halfway into the box before its taken. #TOTARS @AFTVMedia pic.twitter.com/fm6TwmqBOw
- Alex Reynolds (@al_reynolds98) March 2, 2019
On the missed penalty - Vertonghen was 3 or 4 yards inside the box when it was struck, and never would have got the block in if he wasnt in the box. Hope we'll appeal that red card too. Happily that lot are fucked when VAR comes in.
- Mark (@Gooner_GAWA) March 2, 2019
On viewing Lloris penalty save again, Vertonghen was way inside the box when Auba took the shot, he went on to block the tap-in on the goal line few seconds later! Another shocking negligence by the referee #PremierLeague #TOTARS #VARNeeded pic.twitter.com/BIYELJVbwv
- Premier League Fan (@premiereplfan) March 2, 2019
It was a controversial game from start to finish.
In what is likely to be his last appearance at Wembley in an Arsenal shirt, Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring, showing great composure to round Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and knock it in the back of the net.
To celebrate, the Welshman pointed at the turf, appearing to shout: "This is my f***ing house" as Arsenal went 1-0 up in the derby.
In his final North London derby, Aaron Ramsey gives Arsenal the lead :red_circle:
:tv: BT Sport 1 HD and 4K UHD pic.twitter.com/ClZnTxnx9C
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 2, 2019
Harry Kane equalised in the second half after Shkodran Mustafi brought him down in the penalty box, but Aubemyang couldn't convert his spot-kick in the final minutes for all three points.
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