Alexandre Lacazette and Martin Odegaard agree on referee during Arsenal vs Man City – Football.London

A number of first-team Arsenal players felt aggrieved with refereeing decisions during their 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.

The Gunners had a number of contentious decisions go against them, with City goalkeeper Ederson adjudged to have not fouled Martin Odegaard in the box despite a lengthy VAR review.

Still, they did take the lead through Hale End academy graduate Bukayo Saka, who converted an excellent Kieran Tierney cross in the 32nd minute.

However, after half-time, Pep Guardiola‘s side came out firing and won a penalty as Granit Xhaka was penalised for bringing Bernardo Silva down before Riyad Mahrez emphatically converted the spot-kick.

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off moments later, with the former Lille centre-half receiving two yellow cards in quick succession as he was applauded off by the supporters in the Emirates Stadium.

Eventually, City grabbed a late winner, with Spanish midfielder Rodri poking home from close range to clinch all three points for the reigning league champions.

Gunners centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette took to social media after the game to voice his frustrations with the performance of referee Stuart Attwell whilst also praising his teammates’ performances.

Lacazette’s tweet read: “Don’t think we deserved those decisions but I’m proud of my team and thank you fans for never giving up on us, you were amazing! On to the next.”

Young playmaker Odegaard was also annoyed by the officiating, arguing that Xhaka’s tackle on Silva was not a foul.

Speaking after the game, Odegaard said: “I don’t think it’s a penalty when it could be a penalty for us despite all the cameras… I think it’s unbelievable.”

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