In the 25th minute, Jarrod Bowen broke into the Arsenal penalty area and fell after William Saliba’s intervention. Referee Michael Oliver awarded West Ham a penalty.
From the slow phase, fans said that Saliba did not seem to have an impact on Bowen. Even the away midfielder ran two more steps and only fell down when he couldn’t reach the ball.
“How can that be a penalty?” said one fan. “Bowen should have received a yellow card for cheating,” commented the second fan. Sharing the same opinion, another fan said: “The wrong decision almost ruined the game”.
Before that, Mr. Oliver also caused controversy when he denied Bukayo Saka’s goal after 5 minutes. At the time of receiving the pass, both Eddie Nketiah and Saka were not offside. Saka received the ball from Nketiah and then hit West Ham.
However, according to The Sun, the referee team made the right decision because the ball touched Saka’s heel before reaching Nketiah’s position.
Leaving the referee’s unfavorable decisions, Arsenal played a jubilant second half to score 3 goals against the opponent, thereby winning 3-1.
Coach Mikel Arteta’s teachers and students continued to firmly build the first place with 40 points, 8 points more than Man City but played more than one match. Over the past 10 years, 9 out of 10 teams topped the table during Christmas and gift giving have been crowned champions at the end of the season. With the current form, “Gunners” can fully dream of the first national championship in 18 years.
Tuan Nguyen | 09:27 December 27, 2022