Date published: Monday 21st October 2019 10:36

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery stated he was frustrated with the officiating as his side fell to a 1- defeat to Sheffield United on Monday evening.

The Gunners believed they must have had a penalty just after six minutes when John Egan pulled Sokratis back by his shirt as the hosts defended a corner, but referee Mike Dean was unmoved and VAR was not consulted.

And 5 minutes just after Lys Mousset’s aim which turned out to be the winner, Bukayo Saka was booked for simulation as he went down below a challenge – once more from Egan – inside the penalty region.

Speaking to Sky Sports just after the match, Emery wondered why the incident involving Sokratis was not sent to VAR.

“[The penalty] is a pretty clear 1 with Sokratis, it is pretty clear,” the manager stated. “I do not know if the [Saka incident] was a penalty or not, no penalty? Excellent.


“I feel a yellow card is pretty really hard for that action but I accepted that but when we are functioning with VAR, the penalty against Sokratis – this is for assessment.

“This is the action to assessment due to the fact it is clear. We want to accept it and continue.”

Emery also stated that his side did not deserve to stroll away from the game with practically nothing but admitted that his side should enhance.

“We did not deserve to drop and we conceded a lot of corners in the initially half and they scored in 1 action,” the Spaniard stated. “Above all, we have to enhance by not permitting balls like that.

“When we have our possibilities to attack, we designed much more probabilities than them but did not score currently. We deserved much more from the game but they have conceded the least objectives in the Premier League and it was going to be tricky if they scored initially.

“We attempted in the second half, designed 3 fantastic probabilities to score.”

Arsenal turn their attentions to Europa League action on Thursday, with the Gunners searching to make it 3 wins from 3 in the group stages.