Jamie Carragher believes James McArthur should have been issued a red card after he kicked Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka in the back of the calf. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was livid that VAR failed to intervene after the referee missed the tackle. McCarthy was only shown a yellow card with Bukayo Saka having to be substituted at half-time. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang put the hosts ahead early in the first half before goals from Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard put the visitors ahead. The last gasp equalizer by Alexander Lacazette salvaged a point for the Gunners.
“If we want to detect things that are really relevant in a game and can change a football match, then they have to be looked at,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “That situation is not only affecting them, but we have to take the player off because of the action so it is affecting it two different ways. It is not right. You [need to] make a straight decision when it is so clear and so obvious straight away and they have to play with 10 men.”
“We’re all pleased with the area VAR is in this season [compared with] the last couple of seasons, and it feels like it takes an awful lot for them to say it was a clear and obvious error.” Jamie Carragher said about the tackle by James McArthur. “I think Jurgen Klopp mentioned this a few weeks ago: what is clear and obvious? That’s different for lots of different people – [this incident] is just an obvious error. That’s clear. So if [VAR] feels it’s a red card, and we do, Mikel Arteta does, and I don’t think Palace would complain too much – it’s just an error that should be overturned.”
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