Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted his former team were lucky to get a penalty against Liverpool at the weekend.
Thiago stuck a foot out which seemingly caught Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian went down theatrically in order to claim the spot-kick, which was duly given by referee Michael Oliver. Wright says it was a very soft decision:
“I have to say, the penalty, if it was against me, then I wouldn’t be happy about it. At the end of the day, it’s what has decided the game. You know when they showed the magnified one (close up on Thiago making contact with Jesus’ boot)? Is that enough of a touch? He’s not falling over there! Is that enough to give a penalty?!”
The decision proved to be crucial as Bukayo Saka cooly slotted away from twelve yards out, with the home side holding on for the 3-2 victory.
It was one of those marginal calls that was never going to be overturned by VAR. Equally, though, if Oliver had decided it wasn’t a foul, you wouldn’t have imagined that VAR would have intervened either.
At the end of the day, Liverpool simply didn’t play well enough in the second half to warrant getting anything from the match. Jurgen Klopp‘s side will have to lick their wounds and hope to get back on track against Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday.