Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang annoyed as Trent Alexander-Arnold escapes red card during Arsenal’s win vs Liverpool


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken out after Trent Alexander-Arnold avoided a red card for his challenge on Bukayo Saka (Sky/Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made his frustration clear after Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a red card during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Mikel Arteta’s side went a goal behind in the first half as Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Premier League champions.

But a rare mistake from Virgil van Dijk allowed Alexandre Lacazette to equalised before another error from Alisson led to Reiss Nelson’s winning goal before half-time.

However, Liverpool were fortunate to avoid having a man sent off following Alexander-Arnold’s challenge on Bukayo Saka in the 49th minute.

The Liverpool right-back received a yellow card for the challenge, but subsequent replays indicate that referee Paul Tierney would have had grounds to produce a red card.

And on Thursday morning, when a picture of the challenge was posted on Twitter with the caption: ‘thoughts?’, Aubameyang replied: ‘WTF didn’t even get VAR on this one.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not happy with the challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold (Twitter)

Arsenal were also aggrieved as they had Eddie Nketiah sent off and receive a three-match ban for a similar tackle on James Justin during Arsenal’s draw with Leicester earlier this month.

When asked about the tackle after the game, Arteta replied: ‘It was in front of me and it’s part of the game. I think they both went for the ball and that is part of the game.’

The win has put Arsenal ninth in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Leicester City.

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