Arsenal fans fume at West Ham penalty decision as Gunners players surround referee in protest

West Ham’s penalty against Arsenal came with some controversy at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Said Benrahma slotted home a spot-kick after Lucas Paqueta was brought down in the box by Gabriel.

It brought the Hammers right back into the game as it made it 2-1, following quickfire goals from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard in the opening 10 minutes.

Arsenal fans and players alike were not convinced that the penalty should have even been awarded.

As Declan Rice dispossessed Thomas Partey, the ball popped up and appeared to hit his arm.

There were even suggestions that Paqueta was looking for the penalty as he went over from Gabriel’s tackle.

The Arsenal players surrounded the referee and even Mikel Arteta was pointing to his arm, suggesting they wanted VAR to overrule the decision.

Gunners supporters on social media were not impressed with the decision either.

One fan wrote: “Any other team and that decision would’ve been overruled. Did they even look at the handball? Laughable.”

Another said: “Surely that’s a handball in the build up?”

One added: “I’m guessing VAR didn’t even look at the handball.”

Benrahma converted to halve the deficit and give West Ham a chance, as they went into the break 2-1 down.

Bukayo Saka then missed a penalty to send the Gunners 3-1 up before Jarrod Bowen brought the home team back level minutes later.

It ended 2-2 to dent Arsenal’s title hopes, with their lead at four points but Man City have a game in hand and have to play each other.


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