Karma As Premier League Club Who Cheated Arsenal With VAR In Both Legs Punished 

Recall, Arsenal where denied a clear and obvious penalty at St Mary’s against the Saints in the first leg last year after Gabriel Jesus was cleared hacked down by a Southampton defender, buy VAR wasn’t interested.

While Arsenal were the dominant side on that day, especially in the first half, they had themselves to blame for not putting the game to bed as they missed several golden goal scoring chances.

Be that as it may, they were also victims of controversial refereeing, with a number of decisions taken by the centre referee going against them.

Arsenal denied penalty vs Southampton

Mark Halsey, a former Premier League referee, has now claimed that Arsenal were actually denied a ‘clear penalty.’

According to the ex-match official, the north Londoners should have had an opportunity to double their lead in the first half from the penalty spot, after an incident involving Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian forward was hauled to the ground by defender Duje Caleta-Car in the dangerous area, only for Robert Jones to wave play on.

Halsey pointed out that the decision not to award a penalty has ‘highlighted the inconsistency of decision-making by officials.’

“Arsenal should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Gabriel Jesus was hauled down by Southampton’s Duje Caleta-Car,” he wrote in The Sun via Daily Mail.

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

In the 94th minute, Gabriel Jesus picked up a loose ball in the area and checked inside before going to ground when he went past Armel Bella-Kotchap. Play continued and Reiss Nelson saw a shot deflected wide of the post, but Jesus stayed on the floor asking for a penalty. Referee Simon Hooper waved away the appeal and pointed for a corner.

VAR decision: No penalty.

VAR review: From the replays, it’s difficult to see that there was any contact on Jesus by Bella-Kotchap, and it seemed as though the Arsenal striker may have gone to ground after taking a heavy touch inside toward two Southampton defenders.

Despite Cheating Arsenal home and away, how has things ended for the Saints?

Southampton’s 11-year stay in the Premier League came to an end on Saturday as a 2-0 defeat to Fulham made them the first team to be relegated in the 2022/23 season.

Southampton had to win the match to keep their hopes of staying up alive, but second-half goals from Carlos Vinicius and Aleksandar Mitrovic condemned the home team to a season in the Championship.

The result at St Mary’s Stadium leaves Saints bottom of the table, as they had been for 138 days this season, on 24 points, eight from safety with only two matches remaining.

The club started the season with Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager, then changed him for Nathan Jones.

But Jones lasted little more than eight matches, winning only one, before Ruben Selles, Hasenhuttl’s assistant, took over but could not generate the required success.

In all regards, we do feel bad for Southampton after going down, but then we can’t help but realize the truth that they haven’t really been good this season and being the first club to relegate shows it all. Hopefully they can get themselves back into the top flight anytime soon like Burnley has just done.


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