Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘was CORRECTLY allowed to score a penalty rebound against Aston Villa’ despite the referee appearing to miss at half-time before checking the VAR monitor
- Arsenal led 1-0 against Aston Villa when Lacazette was brought down in the area
- Craig Pawson seemed to have flown already at halftime, but checked the VAR
- Aubameyang scored the rebound but if it was called at halftime, it shouldn’t count
- However, Villa was not treated unfairly, as the VAR supports Pawson’s decision.
Aston Villa can have no complaints about Arsenal’s 3-1 beating on Friday, despite a moment of confusion at VAR after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty shot.
The Gunners were already 1-0 ahead thanks to Thomas Partey’s header when Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by Matt Targett with less than five seconds left in the first half.
The game continued, Craig Pawson blew his whistle and the 22 men already had their eyes on the locker room, but the referee ran to the VAR monitor, before signaling the place.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a controversial penalty against Aston Villa on Friday
Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by Matt Targett inside the area seconds from the break
Craig Pawson seemed to have called for pause, but instead went to check the VAR monitor.
Former Gunners forward Emi Martinez jerked to his right and stopped Aubameyang’s initial effort, but the Argentine could only watch as the rebound was coldly swept away.
However, Villa fans had questions, with @theretroboot writing on Twitter: ‘Wait … the referee missed at half time before the penalty, so how was Aubameyang given the extra time to finish the rebound? ‘
Unfortunately for Villa’s fans, Aubameyang’s attack was solid. Despite the players’ confusion, Pawson blew his whistle to check the VAR monitor, not at half-time, according to the Sun.
Emile Smith-Rowe added a third in the second half to complete a night of confidence in North London, although Dean Smith was not satisfied with the referee’s post-match decision.
Aubameyang swept the rebound, and Villa fans questioned why he was allowed
Dean Smith was enraged, but the penalty was legitimate as Pawson had only stopped the game.
Villa’s boss said: ‘It’s a less contact tackle. Gray areas, do you touch the ball first or the leg first? ‘
“I thought they were because of those who weren’t going to the VAR. I even wonder why he is allowed to put the rebound.
“I understand that he will leave the field if he does not go to the VAR, they cannot give me any clarity about it.”
The Gunners posted four wins in six Premier League games on Friday, now stepping away from the scene of their implosion in the opening games.