Arsenal continued their victorious start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win at Selhurst Park on Monday night, although the side fell to 10 men in the closing stages after Takehiro Tomiyasu received two yellow cards just minutes later.
Martin Odegaard scored from the penalty spot after Eddie Nketiah was brought down by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after catching the Palace defense with his quick free-kick.
However, there was a quick VAR review before the penalty was executed after replays showed Thomas Partey had blocked and then brought down Marc Guehi, who tried to come back and stop Nketiah.
The referees stood by the referee's original decision, much to the annoyance of Eagles manager Hodgson, who said after the game, “I think the penalty was a tough call in the sense of a block from the player who did his job.” to defend this position.
“He couldn't get there because he was blocked and that gave them that opportunity.” Obviously the referee and VAR thought differently.
“I think when players are blocked, as is so often the case with corner kicks and situations like that, you just have to rely on the referee to see them.” There's a block that's not allowed in the Laws of the Game.
“It's not just about switching off, but you have to acknowledge Arsenal's quick thinking and the quality of the pass, but that's why they are where they are.”
Palace fans were even more outraged later in the game when David Coote failed to point to the penalty after Eberechi Eze was fouled in the box, apparently by Partey and Declan Rice.
The Gunners were also unhappy with some of their performances, most notably after Tomiyasu's dismissal, which saw his first yellow card for wasting time on a throw-in.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was furious at the decision and Hodgson showed some sympathy for his opposite number, adding: “It is as it is, as I said before the rules and ideas, we don't have too much on the matter much to say and we.” have to learn to live with them.
“I can understand why Arsenal are as dissatisfied as I would be.”
Next up for Palace is a trip to Brentford on Saturday, while Arsenal also host another London derby against Fulham.
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