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Fans slam referee as Arsenal ends Solskjaer's run

Fans lament controversial penalty as Arsenal ends Solskjaer's Premier League unbeaten run

March 10, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Manchester United's unbeaten run in the Premier League under Solskjaer was halted in Sunday's clash at Emirates Stadium.

A controversial penalty claim for Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League encounter with Manchester United sparked a massive backlash on social media. The Gunners cruised to a 2-0 win at Emirates to move just a point behind 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur, subsequently ending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten run in the English Premier League.

Prior to the match, the Norwegian manager had gone 12 games without losing since taking over from Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils' interim manager. However, after 10 wins and two draws, a stunning long-range effort by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka in the first half placed his enviable feat under threat.

Manchester United was then made to pay for missing a host of glorious opportunities with Arsenal gaining a penalty in the 67th minute. Referee Jon Moss handed the Gunners the opportunity after Fred appeared to shove Alexander Lacazette from behind in his side's 18-yard-box.

Nonetheless, a number of fans have since argued that there was minimal contact and the Arsenal forward may have exaggerated his fall. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang then finished off the chance by stroking the ball down the middle for his 20th goal across all competitions this season, having missed a crucial spot-kick against Tottenham last week.

Speaking after the game, the Gabonese striker lauded Lacazette for handing over the mandate to take the spot-kick to him. "Laca gave me the penalty, which was cool from him. I made a mistake against Tottenham - I missed it.

"Today I was focussed and I scored. My teammates gave me a lot of confidence."

 


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