Arsenal and Crystal Palace shared the points at the Emirates last night and the biggest talking point from the game was a challenge from James McArthur on Bukayo Saka.
The Eagles midfielder volleyed Saka in the calf just a few minutes before half-time. The Arsenal youngster rolled around in pain and he had to be substituted at the break as a result of the tackle.
Mike Dean only showed McArthur a yellow card for his challenge. Arsenal fans were absolutely furious on social media and they were joined by their skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who wasn’t too happy either.
Aubameyang reacts to McArthur’s challenge on Saka
Aubameyang was one of Arsenal’s best players last night. He looked up for it from the first whistle and deservedly picked up a goal. The Gunners looked comfortable at that point, but Palace came back strong.
Mikel Arteta’s men held on and went into the break with a one-goal lead, but they should’ve arguably had a man advantage as well.
McArthur’s challenge on Saka looks more and more intentional every time we watch it, but Mike Dean and VAR decided it was only worth a yellow card.
Arsenal fans and Arteta were fuming, and Aubameyang, who hadn’t initially seen how bad it was, was furious after he re-watched it on Twitter.
He wrote in French, as translated by Google: “How is that not red?! I had not seen it like that from the field,” followed by an angry emoji.
Arsenal would’ve had a huge advantage if McArthur was shown a red card just before half-time. Dean and VAR decided against it and that allowed Crystal Palace to get back and almost win the game.
Thankfully for Arteta, Alexandre Lacazette scored the equaliser in the final few seconds to salvage a point.