Individual stupidity and poor refereeing decisions cost Arsenal 10 points

This are not good for The Arsenal at the moment. There is no way to sugar coat it. Very few positives. And Mikel Arteta is hanging onto his job by the thinnest of threads.

But things could be oh so different, with Arsenal losing 10 points as a result from poor refereeing decisions and individual player stupidity.

Arsenal 0 – 1 Leicester

With Arsenal on 9 points from the opening 5 games, having suffered defeats away to Manchester City and Liverpool, they faced Leicester at home.

Four minutes into the game, Alexandre Lacazette had a header wrongly ruled out for offside.

Jamie Vardy would strike in the 80th minute to give Leicester 3 points.

Leicester are a team that enjoy laying on the break. 1-0 down, they would not have been able to sit back, drawing Arsenal in before hitting them on the break. They would have had to have come out and played a bit. This would have left more space for Arsenal to score a 2nd and probably a 3rd.

Leeds United 0 – 0 Arsenal

For 51 minutes it was a fairly dull game. Then Nicholas Pepe touched heads with a Leeds player, who went down as quickly as we all hope Leeds will.

It was a moment of stupidity from Pepe that led to Arsenal playing for 40 minutes with 10-men.

Arsenal dominated that 40 minutes and would surely have taken all 3 points if Pepe did not lose his head.

Arsenal 0 – 1 Burnley

Another head loss moment, this time from Granit Xhaka.

0-0 with Arsenal dominating, Burnley were looking tired. Then Xhaka lost his head, getting himself sent off in the 58th minute.

Arsenal dominated the rest of the game, but am Aubameyang own goal in the 78th minute separated the two sides. Another 3 points lost due to a “heads gone” moment.

Arsenal 1 – 1 Southampton

Having come back from 1-0 down to equalise, Arsenal were playing the best football they had in weeks. Then Gabriel got his 2nd yellow card.

Both yellow cards were very soft refereeing decisions. Th types of incidents where players often walk away without a booking. Gabriel’s first was for blocking the ball. Something Theo Walcott did moments earlier and was not booked.

The ref was very quick to go to his pocket. Dani Ceballos booked randomly for showing minor dissent.

Despite being down to 10-men for half an hour, Arsenal had the best chances to win the game.

4 games, 10 points dropped. How it could have been so different if it were not a poor refereeing decision and 3 Arsenal players getting sent off.

That 10 points dropped would have seen us in 3rd place.



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