Jamie Carragher and Mikel Arteta agree over Mike Dean’s ‘obvious error’ in Arsenal draw

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Arsenal had to settle for a point against Crystal Palace on Monday night but there was plenty of controversy at the Emirates.

A last-gasp equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette rescued Mikel Arteta’s side and secured a 2-2 draw after the hosts threw away a 1-0 lead against Palace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead early on but second half goals from Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard put Arsenal on the brink of defeat, only for Lacazette to pop up in the right place at the right time.

But Mike Dean was the centre of attention again with a couple of controversial decisions. Many fans at home felt there was a foul on Albert Sambi Lokonga in the build up to the Eagles’ second goal but it was an incident involving James McArthur and Bukayo Saka that caused the most drama.

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As a Crystal Palace corner was cleared the ball looped towards the edge of the penalty area. McArthur lined up a volley only for Saka to clear ahead of him.

But McArthur did not stop, following through and kicking the youngster’s leg with some force, leading to him being withdrawn at half-time.

Arteta spoke at his shock that the card produced by Dean was yellow and not red.

“We had to take him off. He was sore in the area,” the Spaniard said in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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“When I look at the action I cannot understand how the player can continue playing. Absolutely [a red card].”

Back in the studio Jamie Carragher agreed, calling into question the role of VAR in the incident.

“Well he had a couple of challenges before that when you can say it’s a yellow,” Carragher said in his post-match analysis.

“It’s a situation when the player comes from nowhere, you can understand it. But Saka is right in front of him. There’s no way he doesn’t see Saka there.

“It takes VAR a long time nowadays to say what is a clear and obvious error. That is just an obvious error.”

Source by Football London

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