Kai Havertz: Fans Divided on Penalty Awarded to Arsenal in Premier League Tie Against Bournemouth

Kai Havertz: Fans Divided on Penalty Awarded to Arsenal in Premier League Tie Against Bournemouth

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 4, 2024 at 1:07 PM
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  • Arsenal were handed a controversial penalty in their EPL tie against Bournemouth
  • Kai Havertz appeared to have left a trailing leg, which was caught by Mark Travers
  • The decision to award the penalty in favour of Arsenal has split opinions among fans

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Kai Havertz drew attention during Arsenal's Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth due to a penalty incident involving him.

The German international, who has been in good form lately, scoring three goals in his last two games, was awarded a penalty after a VAR review acknowledged he had been fouled, although it appeared he had dived into a challenge.

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Kai Havertz appeared to be tripped by goalkeeper Mark Travers during Arsenal's Premier League game against Bournemouth. Photo by Mark Leech/Offside.
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Havertz's penalty situation

Martin Odegaard delivered a defence-splitting pass to the German international, who stumbled over Travers' trailing leg, prompting referee David Coote to award a penalty, per SPORTbible.

Despite Travers arguing that 24-year-old, Havertz, initiated contact by dangling his foot, VAR supported Coote's decision after numerous replays of the incident.

How fans reacted to Havertz's penalty

The penalty decision, converted by Bukayo Saka just before half-time, has sparked debate among football fans.

Some argue that Havertz exaggerated the challenge, while others commended the former Bayer Leverkusen player for his cleverness in drawing a foul and earning a penalty.

One fan, @Bigalanh5, wrote:

"Never a pen in a million years."

@Tatty_Lad added:

"It is shocking that VAR agreed with the decision. This season has been shockingly poor officiating."

@norriejam, who claims to be an Arsenal fan, was livid about the penalty awarded to the Gunners:

"The worst part is VAR have endorsed it. I’m an Arsenal fan and even I think it shouldn’t have been a pen. 🤷🏻‍♂️"

@LTN_Madondo believes the penalty was a consolation for an earlier incident by the referee:

"Well, that’s consolation for the missed RED Card challenge on Saka earlier."

@Elevate_BO, on the other hand, insisted:

"It's a penalty, what you on about?"

Ex-Arsenal striker questions Havertz

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Arsenal striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has raised doubts about Kai Havertz.

While acknowledging Havertz's adaptation to Arsenal, Adebayor has reservations about his playing style.

The 24-year-old has undergone a transformation. He is now a key player for Mikel Arteta, consistently featuring in the starting lineup.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.