Arsenal star Aubameyang fumes as Alexander-Arnold escapes red card for horror tackle on Saka similar to Nketiah foul

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG joined Arsenal fans in their anger after Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a red card for his a horror tackle on Bukayo Saka.

The studs up challenge was reminiscent of the one that saw VAR dismiss Eddie Nketiah against Leicester just a week earlier.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was only booked for this horror challenge on Bukayo Saka
Eddie Nketiah had his yellow card upgraded for this lunge against Leicester

Gooners were livid at what they deemed a lack of consistency after Alexander-Arnold escaped with just a yellow card.

His challenge in the 48th minute caused plenty of backlash on social media.

Aubameyang led the way, roaring: “WTF didnt Even get the VAR on this one”.

One disgruntled Gooner said: “If there was any consistency in refereeing, that Trent tackle was as much a red as Eddie’s last week.”

Arsenal followers were tipped over the edge by the fact Alexander-Arnold’s tackle was not even reviewed by VAR.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD should have been sent off for serious foul play on Bakary Saka.

The Liverpool right-back endangered the safety of the Arsenal teenager when his studs up challenge caught Saka’s shin after he overran the ball.

What was the difference between this tackle and Eddie Ntekiah’s against Leicester last week?

There is no consistency regarding serious foul play challenges.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will feel aggrieved because he had a great view of this incident and no doubt would have wanted the same punishment for Alexander-Arnold as what Ntekiah received.

Referee Paul Tierney issued a yellow card but it could quite easily have been upgraded to a red.

From the camera angles shown on TV, it did not appear that the VAR official Craig Pawson checked the incident.

One said: “How does Nketiah get a red card and Trent’s tackle doesn’t even get to review.”

Another chimed in: “I know I have seen that Trent tackle before.”

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Fans were enraged at what they perceived as a lack of consistency from the Premier League’s officiating teams.

One explained: “I like Trent, and I genuinely don’t think that he’s trying to injure Saka there, but my annoyance is how is that tackle any different to Eddie’s upgraded red card.

“There is no consistency with VAR at all.”

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Nketiah was unavailable for tonight’s game against the champions as he served the second game of his three-match ban.

The 21-year-old was sent off last week against Leicester after VAR upgraded the yellow card he was awarded for a challenge James Justin.

He received his marching orders for a wild lunge just TWO minutes after coming on and also missed Sunday’s defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby through suspension.


By: Josh Graham
Title: Arsenal star Aubameyang fumes as Alexander-Arnold escapes red card for horror tackle on Saka similar to Nketiah foul
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Published Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:15:00 +0000