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Saka decision “not right”

It might be an easy deflection point given the poor nature of Arsenal’s performance to spend too much time looking at how poor a decision it was not to send off James McArthur for his hack on Bukayo Saka, so let’s deal with it quickly before we get on to the real meat of the Gunners problem.

McArthur, who had been lucky to avoid a caution minutes earlier for a cynical tug on Emile Smith Rowe somehow escaped with only a yellow for volleying the England international’s leg from underneath him.

The Scottish midfielder might have been able to protest his innocence and in attempt to play the ball as it fell from the sky, but a clip of him turning round to look at Saka clasping his thigh in agony on the floor quickly put paid to that.

Mike Dean isn’t exactly a popular figure with most Premier League fans but Arsenal supporters have had their run ins with him more than most over the years.

In fairness to the former chicken factory worker Dean’s record with the Gunners recently has actually been pretty favourable