Aubameyang fumes at VAR for missing risky Alexander-Arnold tackle

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2020 4:02

Bukayo Saka, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has questioned VAR’s decision not to intervene following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s tackle on Bukayo Saka.

Alexander-Arnold missed the ball in a challenge with Saka during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to the Gunners on Wednesday.

Instead, the right-back – who had his studs up – caught Saka’s leg, with the 18-year-old immediately going down in pain.

Referee Paul Tierney showed Alexander-Arnold a yellow card for the challenge, but VAR did not intervene from Stockley Park.

And, taking to Twitter on Thursday, Aubameyang was not best pleased about the decision.

Aubameyang tweeted: “WTF, didn’t even get the VAR on this one.”

Aubameyang has been on the wrong end of a VAR call before this season. In January, the Gabon international received a red – upgraded from a yellow – from Tierney after his challenge on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer.

What’s more, Eddie Nketiah received a red earlier in July for a similar challenge on Leicester’s James Justin.

Liverpool have also had their own VAR controversy earlier this season.

Last weekend, referee David Coote and VAR denied Andy Robertson a penalty after a challenge from Burnley’s Johan Berg Gudmundsson.

BT Sport cameras caught Robertson launching an expletive rant against the officials, which he later retracted.

Indeed, the Premier League have also made several startling admissions over VAR’s use in its first season in the top flight.

The league admitted it got three decisions wrong in one evening, including a decision to award a penalty for Manchester United instead of a free-kick to Aston Villa.

SOUNESS SLAMS LIVERPOOL STARS

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal was the fourth time in seven games they have dropped points since the restart. The drop in form has coincided with the Reds clinching their first league title in 30 years last month.

Against the Gunners, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker were at fault for their collapse, having previously taken the lead.

At half-time, Graeme Souness took aim at Liverpool, claiming the players were “in their armchairs”.

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