Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticized Premier League officials after VAR failed to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a red card for a challenge on Bukayo Saka on Wednesday evening.
Aubameyang complained that Alexander-Arnold caught Saka high on the leg in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Thursday morning in a tweet rated X, but referee Paul Tierney did not give than a yellow card on the English right back.
The tackle looked like a challenge from Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah in a North London draw with Leicester City last week, which saw the 20-year-old expelled after a long VAR check.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticized the decision not to dismiss Trent Alexander-Arnold
The Liverpool defender caused a big split on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka on Wednesday evening
Referee Paul Tierney only gave Alexander-Arnold a yellow card after the high challenge
And Aubameyang went on Twitter to show his anger at the Alexander-Arnold decision, saying, “WTF didn’t even get the VAR on it”
The Gabonese striker was himself ejected for a similar tackle during a 1-1 draw at the Crystal Palace in January.
Aubameyang caught Eagles midfielder Max Meyer around the ankle and referee Tierney, also in charge of the match at Selhurst Park, chose to brandish a red card after consulting VAR.
The striker was then suspended for three games for the tackle, the same punishment as Nketiah was inflicted last week for Leicester’s foul.
Alexander-Arnold split looks like that made by Eddie Nketiah against Leicester last week
Aubameyang (right) watches Nketiah receive a red card for the challenge after a VAR exam
The attacker was ejected by referee Tierney for a similar tackle against Crystal Palace in January
The Arsenal captain was not the only individual in the Gunners’ camp to be dismayed by the decision not to send Alexander-Arnold on Wednesday evening, as several fans on Mikel Arteta’s side were shocked by the call of the officials.
“How the hell did it not even get a VAR exam?” raged a fan on Twitter. ‘Erase the red card.’
Another wrote, “Eddie Nketiah received a red card, Trent no. The worst referees in Europe! Incredible inconsistency.
Another Gunners fan claimed that VAR was “failing” at the club, saying, “How did Alexander-Arnold escape a red card for this challenge on Bukayo Saka?”
Arsenal fans also went on Twitter to show dismay after Alexander-Arnold was not fired
‘Seemed more reckless than Nketiah’s tackle on Justin from Leicester City. You were slapped with a three game suspension, but Arnold? Just a yellow … VAR fails us again. ”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright supported Aubameyang’s concerns over the challenge during his punditry in today’s match.
Speaking alongside Gary Lineker and Tim Cahill, Wright said, “There will likely be a long-term reason why this is not a shipment, but that of Eddie Nketiah. Something like that. They were [very similar]. ‘
However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta seemed to play down the carefree challenge and didn’t think the Alexander-Arnold challenge would warrant sending.
At his post-match press conference, Arteta said, “It was in front of me and it is part of the game. I think they both tried the ball and it is part of the game.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (right) disagreed with Aubameyang (left) about the high tackle
Reiss Nelson (right) scored the winner as Arsenal denied Liverpool a record total
Fortunately for Arsenal, they didn’t need the power play advantage to beat the Premier League champions in a return victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Sadio Mane gave Jurgen Klopp the lead after 20 minutes but the Gunners managed to complete the turnaround before half time.
Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson both capitalized on Liverpool’s separate defensive errors to give Arsenal a 2-1 win to ninth in the Premier League table.
The result also deprived Liverpool of the opportunity to reach a record total points in the Premier League, a success currently held by Manchester City which recorded 100 points in 2018.