Arsenal faced Manchester City in the Premier League on the first day of the New Year, 2022. Arsenal’s young side performed to their absolute best as they rattled the Champions in the first half of the game. Bukayo Saka scored the first goal of the game for Arsenal. The game was full of controversy and hence people on Twitter were very active in voicing their opinions. As we look at Twitter reacts to Arsenal’s controversial game against Manchester City.
Twitter Reacts :
Saka hit the Khaby celebration after scoring against Man City 😅🤲 pic.twitter.com/42eTRUOmsk
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Bukayo Saka scored the Premier League’s first goal of the year, 2022. A well-deserved goal came after relentless pressing by the Arsenal side. Bukayo Saka was well found by Kieran Tierney as he finished the pass in style. Particularly, Arsenal fans on Twitter are calling Bukayo the best youngster in the Premier League. Saka has scored in each of the last three Premier League games while taking his tally to 6 in terms of goals scored this season.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 1, 2022
The controversial decision in the first half involved Martin Odegaard and Ederson. Additionally Martin claims that he got the ball which was evident after carefully looking at the video. The referee Stuart Atwell decided to not give a penalty at that point.
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 competition
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 1, 2022
Not only the Arsenal fans thought it was a wrong decision but a few of the journalists did as well. The Arsenal fans felt hard done by the Referee Stuart Attwell with that decision.
That's not a pen. Yes, Xhaka pulled the shirt but Bernardo Silva was already on his way down after minimal contact. Poor decision.
— Raphael Honigstein💙 (@honigstein) January 1, 2022Advertisement
The Penalty for Manchester City divided opinions as well. The referee was sent to the screen to look at the challenge by Xhaka on Bernado Silva. Furthermore the VAR advised the referee to give the penalty. The foul looked soft & Arsenal fans felt frustrated by that decision as they completely dominated the game until that point. Manchester City had 0 shots on target in the first half.
Hard to accept it , but only God knows everything !
Proud to be part of this team!!! Amazing spirit !
We will keep working together , fighting until the end !! For this team I will run until I die !! Let’s keep improving in 2022!!! pic.twitter.com/kLAmmQEVLtAdvertisement
— Gabriel Magalhaes (@biel_m04) January 1, 2022
The Red card decision was maybe the only decision Arsenal fans could have no complaints about. The Brazilian defender was shown the second yellow card after blatantly fouling Gabriel Jesus.
Martinelli scores if he doesn't have to run around the ref to get to the ball pic.twitter.com/0RSpJFl0QM
— Des Moines Gooners (@DSM_Gooners) January 1, 2022
Granted, Gabriel Martinelli should score but why is the ref positioned as a third City centre back?
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Five yellow cards and a red card for 11 fouls by Arsenal today…As we leave you with the Twitter reacts to Arsenal’s controversial game against Manchester City..