Arsenal players namely Aaron Ramsdale and Alexandre Lacazette alongside Mikel Arteta’s assistant Albert Stuivenberg have all voiced out against the decision of referee Stuart Atwell not to give a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Ordegaard went down in the box after Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes appeared to have tripped him in the box. Referee Atwell waved the penalty claims aside. Even though Arsenal finally took the lead, they went on losing 2-1 to Pep Guardiola’s men having been reduced to 10 men.

Ordegaard goes down in the box after a challenge from Ederson

Speaking after the game Arsenal’s goalkeeper Ramsdale said the referee made use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as “it is there for a reason”:

“I don’t know why the referee is told to see one and not the other. It is there for a reason go and use it. It is the inconsistency. The whole point is to help the game out. In real time it didn’t look like one [but] slow it down on a screen and it is given.” Ramsdale said.

Also striker Lacazette was on the side of his teammate and felt they [Arsenal] didnt ‘deserve’ such:

“Don’t think we deserved those decisions but I’m proud of my team and thank you fans for never giving up on us, you were amazing.” Lacazette told newsmen.

Also, Mikel Arteta’s assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg spoke ill of the officiating labelling it ‘inconsistent’:

“I think it is a clear penalty, but at least a moment for the referee to check, like what happened with their penalty. It is inconsistent.” he said.

Mikel Arteta was unable to be at the touchline for his team after testing positive to Covid-19.

The gunners saw their winning run end against high-flying Manchester City but are still in the race for a top four finish.