Arsenal fans call double standards after Mo Salah’s penalty award vs Man City

Arsenal’s supporters have flooded to social media this evening to vent their frustrations, on the back of the penalty awarded to Liverpool during their meeting with Manchester City.

Gundogan at the double

The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend of course played out at Anfield a short time ago.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions welcomed the current table-toppers to Merseyside, for a highly anticipated showdown.

City were aware ahead of kick-off that a victory would see them take another considerable step towards reclaiming the title, on the back of Manchester United’s late collapse against Everton 24 hours ago.

And, when all was said and done this evening, secure yet another 3 points is precisely what the Sky Blues managed.

A thoroughly entertaining affair eventually saw Pep Guardiola’s men emerge on the right side of a 4-1 scoreline, courtesy of a scintillating performance.

All of Ilkay Gundogan (2), Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden were on the scoresheet for the visitors, to guide City a full 5 points clear at the summit of the English top-flight, despite boasting a game in hand.

Laca vs Salah

Amid an eventual drubbing at Anfield, though, Liverpool, at one point in the 2nd-half, actually managed to level things up.

This came after Ruben Dias was adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Salah in the City box, before the Egyptian dusted himself down to dispatch the ensuing spot-kick with aplomb:

Many, though, were quick to point to Salah’s theatrics in earning his side the opportunity to draw level from 12 yards, with the wide-man having certainly embellished a tug on the arm on the part of guilty party Dias.

And, as outlined above, one set of supporters to have been particularly incensed by the decision were not the City faithful, but in fact those of an Arsenal persuasion.

This came with the Gunners having been denied a penalty of their own during a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, when Emi Martinez could clearly be seen dragging Alexandre Lacazette to ground.

This marked far from the only contentious decision to have gone against Mikel Arteta’s men of late, with widespread controversy having of course also stemmed from the club’s defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.

Arsenal fans call double standards after Mo Salah's penalty award vs Man City

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: David Luiz of Arsenal protests towards Referee Craig Pawson after a tackle which results in a red card and a penalty during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 2, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

In turn, Arsenal’s supporters have since taken to social media in their droves, to highlight recent double standards on the part of the Premier League’s officials:

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