Crystal Palace superstar Wilfried Zaha has taken aim at Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Twitter after the Frenchman fouled the speed machine in injury time when the Ivorian seemed to be through on goal.
With the score at 2-2 and emotions high after Arsenal were ruled out a goal by VAR, Zaha broke from an Arsenal corner and played the ball past last man Guendouzi midway through the Palace half. The chances are he would have been through on goal.
But Guendouzi chose to do the only thing he could do, which was to rugby tackle Zaha and make sure he did not go through. Had the tackle been in the Arsenal half, it surely would have seen Guendouzi shown a red card.
Instead, Guendouzi was only shown a yellow by Martin Atkinson and Zaha has reacted on Twitter with a picture of Guendouzi rugby tackling him at The Emirates. Zaha captioned the post “NFL’s at Wembley…”.
Zaha was linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer and is believed to be worth around £80million, as per The Sun.
NFL’s at Wembley… 🤷🏿♂️ pic.twitter.com/QOkyetV1dh
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) October 27, 2019
TBR’s view – VAR denied Arsenal, surely checking pitchside is the answer
If Atkinson takes a stroll to the side of the pitch and watches Sokratis’ winner, he would have given the goal – which was the right decision. But a subjective view from Stockley Park has instead ruined an excellent game of football.
Sokratis slammed home what would have been his second of the match, bu Calum Chambers was adjudged to have fouled Luka Milivojevic just prior to the strike. It was a nothing decision.
If Atkinson goes to the side of the pitch, an experienced referee, he makes the right decision and gives the goal. The VAR tactic must change.