Hackett blasts 'soft and weak' Leno after Arsenal controversy
Brentford’s second goal against Arsenal was legitimate and Bernd Leno was “soft and weak” for trying to claim a foul.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Bees’ 2-0 win on Friday evening.
Thomas Frank’s side went 2-0 up via a Christian Norgaard header from a long throw in the 73rd minute.
Arsenal goalkeeper Leno believed he was obstructed as the ball was launched into the box but referee Michael Oliver allowed the goal to stand.
As per Sky Sports on 3 August, head of the PGMOL Mike Riley stated that officials will facilitate a more “free-flowing” game in 2021-22.
But Hackett insists that Oliver made the right call by any metric.
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“This is a contact sport and the bar has been raised in the Premier League now,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“This goal would have been allowed last year and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be allowed this year.
“If I’m critical as a spectator, I think the goalkeeper was a bit soft and weak in trying to do what he did.
“Overall, this was a great game. Michael Oliver was in charge and he handled it absolutely superbly.
“At the end of the day, I think his decision making was accurate. This one was spot on.
“Overall, it was a great result for football and a great result for Brentford. It’s a remarkable climb to the top that they have pulled off.”