Paul Robinson fumes at what he saw from 'arrogant' Michael Oliver in Tottenham defeat at Arsenal
Paul Robinson has slammed referee Michael Oliver for his performance in Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 36-year-old was “arrogant” not to check the VAR monitor after he awarded Alexandre Lacazette with a penalty in the second-half.
The Gunners beat Jose Mourinho’s side 2-1 at the Emirates on Sunday in a game fuelled with drama.
Lacazette’s converted penalty and Erik Lamela’s late sending off ultimately proved decisive, as Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top-four were dented.
Robinson believes that Oliver, acting referee on the day, got both decisions wrong.
“It is not a penalty in a million years,” he told Football Insider. “It was a massive moment and Michael Oliver got it wrong.
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“Why he didn’t go over to the monitor and have a good look? He cannot have been confident that it was a penalty. It was just arrogance to not go over to the monitor and look.
“Lacazette missed the ball and kicked Davinson Sanchez. Sanchez has not done anything wrong.
“The second yellow on Lamela was also harsh. He was not looking at Tierney, it was accidental. I think he was very unlucky to get sent off.”
Speaking on the penalty incident after the match, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “According to Kevin Friend (fourth official), the referee said he had a clear vision and the VAR couldn’t or didn’t want to go against him.
“It’s a mistake by Michael Oliver, players get tired with so many matches, coaches get tired maybe referees get tired?”