A frantic closing few moments involving Nicolas Pepe and Erik Pieters by some means meant Arsenal have been pressured to accept a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners forward earlier than the Clarets have been gifted an equaliser by a stunning mistake by Granit Xhaka.
And that’s how the scores remained, regardless of Pepe being denied what appeared a blatant penalty for handball earlier than one other spot-kick for handball was overturned by VAR, each involving Pieters.
On 75 minutes, the Burnley bought away with what regarded a transparent handball as Pepe tried to go previous him within the field – and talking on commentary, Trevor Sinclair couldn’t imagine nothing was given.
“I assumed it was a penalty,” Sinclair mentioned. “What’s happening with VAR?
“His hand was clearly away from his physique and I believe that’s intentional.”
A Premier League official informed talkSPORT: “The ball has hit him from shut proximity and he’s had no time to react. It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t suppose it was a transparent error.”
However the drama didn’t cease there for Pepe and Pieters.
The Arsenal star noticed a volley cleared off the road and onto the bar by Pieters within the 84th minute.
Pieters was initially despatched off for dealing with the ball, with Arsenal awarded a penalty, earlier than VAR appropriately determined he used his shoulder and overturned the choice.
There was nonetheless time for one more goal-line clearance by Ben Mee and Dani Ceballos struck the submit within the dying moments – however Burnley by some means held on.
Whereas Arsenal bought some dangerous luck, they solely have themselves responsible as Xhaka gifted the hosts a draw.
The Gunners midfielder had the ball in his personal field and handed it throughout the face of purpose, seemingly not seeing Chris Wooden standing on the six-yard line.
The ball hit Wooden’s hip and bounced straight into the online to make it 1-1.
talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface was lower than impressed with the Arsenal man.
Matterface mentioned: “It’s a calamitous purpose. It’s nice for Burnley, it’s dreadful from Arsenal. It’s one of many worst targets you’ll see all season.”