Top 5 Controversial Decisions Against Arsenal After Newcastle Star Gordon’s Goal

Top 5 Controversial Decisions Against Arsenal After Newcastle Star Gordon’s Goal

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Arsenal are displeased at the decision to allow Newcastle star Anthony Gordon's goal
  • Mikel Arteta went on a rant after the game, slamming the decision as a disgrace
  • The club reportedly compiled a list of decisions against them to submit to PGMOL

Arsenal are not giving up on their battle to champion the course for good officiating in the Premier League after their controversial defeat to Newcastle United.

The Gunners have been on the end of some controversial decisions since the introduction of video assistant referees, but the recent one led to a series of outrages.

Mikel Arteta, Graham Scott, Arsenal, Newcastle United.
Mikel Arteta discussing with the fourth official Graham Scott after Newcastle United's controversial goal. Photo by Stu Forster.
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Head coach Mikel Arteta went on a rant slamming the decision as a disgrace. The club released a statement to back their manager and have reportedly compiled a list of controversial decisions against them.

As contributed to by Planet Football, Sports Brief looks at five questionable refereeing decisions against Arteta's team.

1. Anthony Gordon's goal

The goal had three VAR checks, which took 4 minutes and 20 seconds - 1. Has the ball gone out of play? 2. Did Joelinton foul Gabriel Magalhaes? 3. Was Gordon offside in the buildup?

The most contentious decision was if the Brazilian attacker pushed his compatriot before his header, which the Irish forward scored from the rebound.

2. Mateo Kovacic escapes red

The Gunners beat Manchester City for the first time since 2015 last month. Per Optus Sport, Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic stamped Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice within six minutes but escaped a red card and only got a book for the first.

3. Ivan Toney's goal

One of the games that derailed Arsenal's title challenge last season was the 1-1 draw against Brentford. English striker Ivan Toney's goal was allowed to stand despite Christian Norgaad, who assisted the goal, being offside. PGMOL acknowledged human error, but Arteta said he would only be satisfied if he got his two points back.

4. Martinelli's disallowed goal

Arsenal lost their first game of the 2022/23 season against Manchester United 3-1. The Gunners took an early lead through Gabriel Martinelli, but it was removed after Odegaard was adjudged to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the buildup, a decision later ruled to be incorrect.

5. Martinelli's red card

Per Mirror UK, the Brazilian winger was sent off after two yellow cards in four seconds. He lost the ball and attempted to close down Daniel Podence for a throw-in and fouled Chiquinho seconds later. Michael Oliver sent him off, and it was later ruled too harsh.

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Klopp wants Tottenham Liverpool replayed

Sports Brief reported that Jurgen Klopp wants a replay of the controversial Tottenham vs Liverpool game after PGMOL admitted to human error in wrongly disallowing Luis Diaz's goal.

To make matters worse, the body also confirmed that Diogo Jota should not have been sent off for two bookable offences in 22 seconds, which made Liverpool end the game with nine men after Curtis Jones was earlier sent off.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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