Arsenal lost 2-1 to Manchester City on the first day of the New year. The game was full of controversial decisions. Arsenal fans had a lot to say about the referee Stuart Attwell on Twitter. Furthermore, Stuart Attwell became the center of attention in a game that was dominated by Arsenal until the red card. The controversy surrounding the banishing of the first yellow card for Gabriel Magalhães was spotted by furious Arsenal supporters.
Real Reason For Gabriel’s First Yellow card :
Gabriel’s first yellow was because of this…
Because Rodri pushed him into the ref.Advertisement
Rodri is a pr*ck, the ref is an even bigger one. pic.twitter.com/8O1wjl5f6a
— now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) January 1, 2022
Referee Stuart Attwell gave Gabriel a yellow card for this reason. Manchester City player Rodri pushed Gabriel which resulted in Gabriel colliding with the referee. The referee gave Gabriel a yellow card for that reason. Arsenal fans were left questioning the referee. The decision to give the penalty was already dodgy. Many fans felt Bernado Silva dived to win the penalty. On top of that Gabriel’s first yellow card made no sense.
🤔 “Did he have to send Gabriel off or did he want to make a statement? He was so card happy today!”
👀 “It looked one sided. Everything went in City’s favour…”Advertisement
Gabby Agbonlahor wasn't happy with how the ref treated Arsenal against #MCFC yesterday pic.twitter.com/HcoH4bSVBp
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 2, 2022
The referee dished out 5 yellow cards and a red card to Arsenal players for a total of 11 fouls. Definitely that’s staggering stat.
ROBBED OF A PENALTY.
CONCEDED A PENALTY FROM A DIVE.Advertisement
GABRIEL GIVEN TWO YELLOWS WHEN NEITHER ACTS DEEMED A YELLOW CARD.
SAKA BOOKED FOR A RODRI BARGE.
THIS REFEREE SHOULD BE DONE FOR MATCH FIXINGAdvertisement
— Mikel Artekkers (@invincibleafc14) January 1, 2022
Plenty went wrong for Arsenal on that day. Arsenal fans had a lot to say about Stuart Attwell.
This is no yellow card but Gabriel being frustrated and tapping Gabriel Jesus is worth two yellows yeah? https://t.co/14pmDtMw9C
— TheClockEnd🎗 (@_Clock_End) January 2, 2022
Rodri escaped from receiving a yellow card on several occasions. In the end it was him who got the winner for Manchester City. A story which made Arsenal fans furious. The Arsenal performance may not deserve the defeat. Although Arsenal fans can be happy about growing spirit, confidence and belief in performance. Arsenal side is consistently improving.
The Premier league officials have robbed Arsenal Football Club of a historic win. Our young players outplayed Manchester City's team of stars and didn't deserve to leave that pitch without 3 points.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) January 1, 2022Advertisement
Darren Lewis (Mirror journalist): “The same old people making the same old mistakes. Until we don’t have people like Stuart Attwell, he gave a ghost goal in 2008, in 2012 he was suspended – time & again, that type of referee is being given big games.” #afc pic.twitter.com/RSLzV57KaB
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 2, 2022Advertisement
Stuart Attwell has made mistakes in the past. Which begs the question about the level refereeing in the Premier League. Moreover the inconsistency in refereeing is surely something to question.
VAR will not work properly in @premierleague until the quality of the officials is improved. Inconsistency over the 2 #ARSMCI penalties, both were pens, only 1 given. Frustrates fans, players. Ruins game. Some good refs but overall quality not good enough for an elite competitionAdvertisement
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 1, 2022
The biggest league in the world deserves more consistency. Additionally the repercussions of these decision are huge. As we finish looking at furious Arsenal fans spot the real reason of Gabriel’s first Yellow Card against Manchester City.