Refs should be blamed on the Arsenal run in 2007/2008 season
Last week, I took a look at the Arsenal season review of 2007/2008 because it was the nearest trophy to Arsenal on these 7 trophy-less years. And in doing this I noticed many refereeing decisions which were harsh and against Arsenal.
These decisions led Arsenal to losing the title to Manchester United by just 4 points and losing to Liverpool in the champions league.
Here are some details.
Arsenal 2-2 Man United on Emirates Stadium
There was only one error from ref that let Man United scored the 1st goal, Brown pushed Hleb down that led many Arsenal players to demand that the ref take action. What happened however was that Brown passed to Ronaldo who assisted Rooney’s 1st goal.
The ref was the” Mighty” Howard Webb who seemed to help Man United many times.
Arsenal 1-2 Middlesborough away
This match was the 1st match Arsenal lost this season, their 1st goal was a penalty kick but if we see the replay, Aliadiere (the ex-Arsenal player) dived to get a penalty and Downing scored it.
Arsenal 2-2 Birmingham Away Game
That was the worst moment in Eduardo’s career; although I know ref did the right thing in sending off their player after his tackle on Eduardo. But the draw came in the last minute after ref gave them a penalty when Clichy tried to clear the ball but a player from Birmingham fell down. If you watch the replay, we can see that Clichy’s leg was on the ball and the decision was harsh to say that least.
Arsenal 1-1 Middlesborough Home game
In the 1st half, a Middlesbrough player gave the ball to his goalkeeper and guess what? RVP was ruled offside. Yes, he scored but the ref said it is an offside goal. According to FIFA rules, if a player passes the ball to his goalkeeper and opposition player takes it, it should never be an offside. Even their 1st goal Aliadiere was offside on the play but he didn’t touch the ball.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Drogba scored twice, but one of his goals was from a clearly offside position.
The collection of points are 8 points and taking 1 point from Man United because the draw , if we have half of the 8 points we will see Arsenal winning that league but for the referees.
Arsenal against Liverpool in the Quarter Final that we lost
In the 1st leg, we drew against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium. There is one mistake that the ref admitted; he was biased when he took his decision which involved Kyut and Hleb and the shirt pull. Interestingly the referee was from the Netherlands and indeed from the same city that Kyut from. That perhaps was his reason.
In the 2nd leg, on the 89 minute, Babel dived and the ref gave them penalty.
All we have to do is imagine that if just a handful of these calls were given to Arsenal, they would be crowned with the EPL; and I suspect the number of wrong calls from them is increasing season by season.
It really is getting worse by the month!