Arsenal were denied a clear penalty against Manchester City because Gunners players didn’t complain enough, according to Sol Campbell.
Mikel Arteta’s side were behind to Raheem Sterling’s goal when Kyle Walker appeared to have his foot in too high as he challenged Gabriel Magalhaes from an Arsenal corner.
The incident just before half-time was not looked at by VAR, leaving Gunners fans furious, and Sterling’s goal proved to be the difference as Arsenal succumbed to a second Premier League defeat of the season.
Gary Neville, who was co-commentator for the game, said he believed the incident should have led to a penalty.
And former Arsenal, Tottenham and England defender Campbell agreed it should have been a spot-kick.
Kyle Walker left Arsenal fans furious with a challenge on Gabriel just before half-time
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“I think it is,” he said on Sky Sports during half-time. “I’ve seen them given.
“I think the players should have complained a little bit more. They helped out the referee as nobody really complained about it.
“Really, when you look at it, it’s out of control – his foot’s out of control.”
Micah Richards was also on punditry duties, and the ex-City defender somewhat sat on the fence over the incident.
Sol Campbell said Arsenal’s players ‘helped out the referee’ by not making a fuss
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He argued it would have been difficult for the referee to see in real time.
“Remember we’re watching this slowed down. When you slow it down it always seems worse,” said Richards.
“I think in real time it doesn’t look like a penalty.
“If it was given, you wouldn’t argue, if it was given, it could go either way to be honest.”
Gabriel in action against Man City’s Sergio Aguero
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