Premier League explains why Arsenal were denied penalty against Burnley

Arsenal felt they should have been awarded a penalty against Burnley
Arsenal felt they should have been awarded a penalty against Burnley (BT Sport)

The Premier League has claimed that Arsenal were denied a penalty against Burnley because Erik Pieters was in ‘close proximity’ to Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners were forced to settle for a point at Turf Moor after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener was cancelled out by Chris Wood, who benefitted from a huge mistake by Granit Xhaka.

However, Arsenal felt aggrieved in the 75th minute when Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Pieters’ outstretched arm, but Mikel Arteta’s side were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

Earlier this week, Fulham were involved in a similar incident as Mario Lemina was penalised for handball in the build-up to their disallowed goal against Tottenham.

But in a statement after the game, the Premier League clarified why Arsenal were not given the decision.

‘The ball has hit him from close proximity and he’s had no time to react,’ said the statement.

‘It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t think it was a clear error.’

Arteta, meanwhile, was left in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a penalty.

‘Absolutely,’ the Arsenal manager said after the game.

‘I think it is obvious and clear. I think there is no debate about that.

‘If that’s not a penalty, then someone will explain what a penalty is in this league.’

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