Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was hauled down by Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez in the box during the 1-0 defeat at Villa Park yesterday.
However, referee Chris Kavanagh adjudged it to be a foul the other way and gave the free-kick to the Villans instead. Lacazette took to Twitter after the game to vent his frustration at the decision:
Another one… 😒😒
— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) February 6, 2021
Lacazette does run into Martinez but the Argentinian international grabs the Frenchman’s jersey and hauls him to the ground, leaving many fans angered with the decision making of the officials:
«Clear and obvius»…..
— Julius (@jullern) February 6, 2021
It’s a pen
— Bukunmi Kilasho (@bkilasho) February 6, 2021
Martínez pulled Laca down
— Papa Msasi (@kubwasmalls) February 6, 2021
VAR hates our team
— Brian_Ob 🇺🇬🇺🇬@boychild (@Brianob8) February 6, 2021
100%, EMI is pulling Laca
— Bobby 🇯🇲🏴 (@bobbybrownyo) February 6, 2021
Pen and a red.
— RJ Brande (@petermikkelsen) February 6, 2021
Twice he has gotten pulled down in the box.
— Clint Parsons (@clintp16) February 6, 2021
Manager Mikel Arteta lamented the “many” decisions that went against his side on the day, and that is two games in a row now where refereeing calls have cost the Gunners points.
It is frustrating, to say the least, considering Arsenal were building up some momentum before these two defeats. They will be hoping for more luck when they face Leeds next Sunday.