By Coral Barry
Jon Moss was under immense pressure when officiated the midweek fixture between Arsenal and West Brom, but he showed no signs of nervousness as he channelled his inner Lionel Messi.
The referee had an unblemished Wednesday night after getting criticism for his questionable officiating in the dramatic 2-2 draw between Leicester and West Ham a week ago.
Moss was criticised for awarding two controversial penalties after he sent Jamie Vardy off for diving, but experienced a much more quiet 90 minutes as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners.
However, the 45-year-old Sunderland native will again be remembered for his performance, but this time for all the right reasons as he randomly produced an outrageous bit of skill during the match.
After awarding a free-kick to Arsenal, Craig Gardner threw the ball back to Moss and the official expertly plucked it from the air before audaciously nutmegging a wrong-footed Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez, known for a few moments of flair himself, was completely bamboozled by the referee’s sudden piece of skill and seemed a bit bewildered as Moss quickly trotted off.
The Chilean would go on to score two goals in that game and earn himself the man of the match award.
In other Arsenal news, Thierry Henry has identified two players the Gunners need to sign in the summer.