“It is telling that for Jota’s goal, the only player who appealed for handball was Guendouzi who was standing behind him and off to the side,” says Graeme Thorn. “None of the four Arsenal defenders between him and the goal, with a much better view, bothered to complain. Plus the referee was in an excellent position (closer than most of the Arsenal defenders) to see if it did brush the arm.”
Watch the replay – it’s clear. It hits his thigh, his arm and then his right foot. I loathe VAR.
Peep peep! Liverpool move above Everton and up to second after a hard-fought but thoroughly deserved win over a determined Arsenal. At times Liverpool were scintillating, and Arsenal did really well to stay in the game. Alisson had to make a fine save from Alexandre Lacazette before the substitute Diogo Jota settled the match with a goal on his Premier League debut for Liverpool. They’re an awesome team, and they’re going to win the league by a country mile again.
GOAL GIVEN! Alexander-Arnold’s cross was headed away by Luiz to the edge of the area, where Jota controlled it with his thigh – and a bit of a his arm, I thought – before dragging a volley into the corner. But VAR decided it was fine and the goal stands. I’d need to see another replay to be sure but I thought that brushed his bicep. I doubt it has changed the result.
86 min Salah and Wijnaldum combine to give Jota another clear chance, only for him to be brilliantly tackled by … Salah. He tried to take the ball off Jota on the stretch and miscontrolled it. That was definitely Jota’s chance.
84 min “Writing from a forlorn fire escape in Brooklyn,” writes Christian Svanes Kolding. “Aye, I can confirm that the sparsely-flavoured swill known as Newcastle Brown Ale still has cachet over here in the States. I see the kids…