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3 hours ago, Silent Runner said:

Smith-Rowe off the bench again to wake the rest of them up. Decent stuff all round but the second half was a little sloppy. 

Don’t know if it was deliberate, but the second half never really got going, or seemed to be broken up on purpose.  Plus Arsenal we’re a little guilty of taking their foot off the pedal which gave Leeds a small chance of getting back in to it late on. 

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I think that Saka finish is so much harder than it looks and so easy to mess up that it'll go overlooked because it's not aesthetically pleasing compared to any half volley that's scored that people lose themselves over. Because he's running towards the ball but hitting it 90 degrees dead straight. Just me? I can't even score that goal on pro evo.

 

Saka is never really aesthetically pleasing how he strikes the ball, low, hard enough but not that true, always bobbling a bit, I'm never that confiden he'll score or he's a natural finisher. 

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Had the family round, so the game was on in the background. However…

 

when Arsenal scored I said “don’t worry, the ref knows who’s supposed to win this game”, and lo, it came to pass: a penalty, a red card, and 6mins of injury time… 

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Seeing the referee on BT Sport tie himself in knots trying to justify why the Odegaard claim wasn't looked at but Xhaka pulling someone's shirt after they'd already (in this particular referees own words) taken a dive was, well, frustrating but expected.

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Also "well it's not supposed to be for slowing things down and looking at it forensically". Hasn't that been exactly how it's used? :lol:

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How can var claim they didn't review the first penalty because they couldn't be certain that the keeper didn't get anything on the ball? That tells me two things: 1. confirms that var asking the ref to look at an incident means they are 100% certain of an error. 2. Goal keepers are still being some kind of wierd benefit of the doubt that other players are not.

 

For what it's worth, my first impression was that the keeper clearly pool shots the arsenal attackers foot on to the ball, clear penalty.

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I think it’s beyond incompetence at this stage. City get a series of generous decisions in every single game they play, it’s completely ridiculous. They even had the ref making defensive interventions yesterday.

 

I genuinely have no idea what’s going on anymore. How something like that Lloris one yesterday won’t be looked at and yet other innocuous incidents are forensically analysed is a mystery. It’s all shite.

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This is why I can rarely be bothered to discuss football anymore.

 

Sure the ref and VAR had some moments yesterday that are open to fair review, but it's the only topic of conversation whenever a team loses.

 

How about Xhaka being a cretin for the umpteenth time and grabbing Silva's shirt in the box, Martinelli missing an open goal, Gabriel being yellowed twice in quick succession for scuffing up the spot and then going thru the back of Jesus ?

 

We did more than enough ourselves to merit the loss. 

 

On another day we may have got a pen, they may not have. Their rotational fouling without so much as a card is nothing new, they are better at it than us which is why we picked up so many cards.

 

All this talk of bias, the FA have decided who will win etc is just drivel. 

 

Lot to like about our performance yesterday so it's an odd defeat as promises something tangible for the future, but no point making out the sole reason we lost is the ref. 

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Sucks that we lost, especially in the manner we did. On the bright side we completely bossed Man City when we had 11 on the pitch, which even 6 months ago would have been unthinkable.

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The FA conjuring up disciplinary charges from thin air, and Liverpool resorting to closing their own training ground because they're desperate to have their game against us called off. Ladies and gentlemen, The Arsenal are back.

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