Arsenal: Pundit slams 'awful' decision as Ramsdale controversy analysed

By Noel Whelan

3rd May, 2022 | 7:00am

Arsenal news: Pundit issues 'awful' claim as 'dangerous' Aaron Ramsdale controversy analysed

Noel Whelan has slammed Mike Dean after he adjudged Jarrod Bowen to have dived over a “dangerous” challenge from Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old’s challenge prevented a potential goal-scoring opportunity.

Ramsdale charged out of his penalty area and launched a studs-up lunge into Bowen as he raced in behind the Arsenal defence.

The West Ham man went over with no contact made – causing Dean to book the forward for simulation.

Whelan insisted Bowen was simply dodging the inevitable contact from the England shot-stopper.

He claimed referee Dean got the decision “completely wrong” and slammed the inaction of the Video Assistant Referee system.

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“They’re both committed to getting the ball,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But it’s a foul. He dodges the contact, which brings him down – but if the tackle doesn’t come in, it’s a goal-scoring opportunity.

“I’m not saying it’s a sending off, there were people covering round – but it’s dangerous and it stopped a real chance.

“It wasn’t a dive by any stretch of the imagination – that’s an awful decision. The referee got it completely wrong, and that’s the inconsistency we’ve been talking about all season with the VAR.”

Arsenal went on to win the game 2-1 to retake fourth spot in the Premier League.

Ramsdale’s side are in the box seat to secure Champions League qualification ahead of a meeting with closest rivals Tottenham later this month.

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