Arsenal fans will be absolutely devastated this morning. The Gunners went into their Baku final against Chelsea with high hopes of winning their first European trophy for 25 years, yet they got well and truly battered, losing 4-1 to the Blues. It may have been different, though, had VAR ruled an early clash between Kepa and Lacazette as a penalty.
Early appeals for a penalty after @LacazetteAlex goes to ground with Kepa at his feet… but nothing is awarded
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 29 May 2019
When the French striker was going through on goal he took a wide touch away from goal before leaving his leg out to try and take some contact from the on-rushing Kepa Arrizablaga to win a spot-kick. The referee was not having any of it, though, and rightly so. The Gunners may have been in uproar over the decision, but the fact that Lacazette was angling for it and left his leg out, catching Kepa in the face, wasn’t enough for a pen.
Had the shoe been on the other foot, it’s very unlikely that the Arsenal fans would have been calling for it to have been a penalty had Petr Cech brought down Eden Hazard in the same manner, so they can’t argue too much. Even if the Gunners had been afforded a penalty by the German referee, who was excellent on the night with a string consistent display of officiating, they still would have had to score it, and then they’d still have lost 4-2 anyway.
You can read the Gunners’ verdict on their lack of a penalty here:
— Segun. (@MrOdunsi) May 29, 2019
UEFA corruption imo.
— Jacob (@xJquB) May 29, 2019
— Pagey (@JWPagey) May 29, 2019
— Kunchit Göyal (@Oohzeal) May 29, 2019
Why have VAR when they don’t use it?
— Robin Linnes (@RobinLinnes) 29 May 2019
whats the point of VAR if they're gonna bottle that call
— C4 (@PAPAxC4) May 29, 2019
That’s a pen if that is hazard that is 100% given
— EnglishZanetti (@jakefifagamer) May 29, 2019
This ref has to be wearing blue under that shirt
— wtf. (@togzgane) May 29, 2019
The Gunners were fuming not to be given a penalty at 0-0, although at this stage still being angry is clutching at straws.
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