Arsenal 'were ROBBED of a clear penalty' against Southampton

Arsenal ‘were ROBBED of a clear penalty’ against Southampton, claims ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey… with Chelsea and Aston Villa ‘benefitting’ from similar incidents over the weekend

  • Mark Halsey thinks Arsenal should have had a penalty against Southampton
  • Saints should have been penalised after Duje Caleta-Car impeded Gabriel Jesus
  • The former referee also believes that Bukayo Saka should not have been booked
  • Referee Robert Jones showed the English attacker a yellow card for simulation  

Mark Halsey has insisted that Arsenal should have been given a penalty during their match against Southampton on Sunday.

The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw against the Saints as Stuart Armstrong’s second-half goal cancelled out Granit Xhaka’s earlier opener.

But the former referee believes Mikel Arteta’s side should have had an opportunity to double their lead in the first half from the penalty spot.

Ex-Premier League ref Mark Halsey thinks Arsenal should have had a penalty on Sunday

Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car hauled Gabriel Jesus down in the penalty area

Gabriel Jesus was hauled to the ground by defender Caleta-Car, in a similar vein to the incident which saw Chelsea be awarded a penalty against Manchester United as Scott McTominay impeded Blues striker Armando Broja in the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho scored the resulting spot kick, and Arsenal’s designated penalty taker Bukayo Saka would have fancied his chances to do the same against goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

Halsey has suggested that the decision not to give a penalty has ‘highlighted the inconsistency of decision-making by officials.’

Referee Robert Jones did not give a penalty and VAR did not review the incident

He wrote in The Sun: ‘Arsenal should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Gabriel Jesus was hauled down by Southampton’s Duje Caleta-Car.

‘The incident highlighted the inconsistency of decision-making by officials this weekend, with Chelsea and Aston Villa benefitting in similar situations.

‘Saints defender Caleta-Car wasn’t goal-side and tried to make life difficult for Jesus but he committed himself to a clear holding offence and referee Robert Jones should have pointed to the spot.

‘If Jones didn’t see it, VAR official Peter Banks needed to intervene.’

In the same game Bukayo Saka was booked for a dive despite there being contact on him

Saka was also booked in the game for simulation, but replays showed that there was contact on him, and Halsey believes that a yellow card was not necessary on that occasion.

He added: ‘Yes, Saka initiated the contact, but Jones didn’t need to get his book out. I felt he could have played on and avoided looking for trouble.’

The result means that their lead at the top of the Premier League table has been cut to two points by Manchester City ahead of their game against Nottingham Forest next weekend.

But first they will travel to Holland to take on PSV in the Europa League fic 

Halsey thinks that Jones could have kept his card in his pocket and ‘avoided looking for trouble’

‘I felt he could have played on and avoided looking for trouble.’

The result means that their lead at the top of the Premier League table has been cut to two points by Manchester City ahead of their game against Nottingham Forest next weekend at the Emirates Stadium.

But first they will travel to Holland to take on PSV in the Europa League fixture on Thursday. 




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