REVEALED: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late winner for Arsenal against Aston Villa should NOT have been allowed to stand
- Arsenal’s late winner against Aston Villa shouldn’t have been allowed to stand
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a free-kick in the 84th minute of the game
- David Luiz and Calum Chambers were stood within a metre of Villa’s wall
- Under IFAB’s new rules, Villa should have been given an indirect free-kick
Arsenal’s late winner against Aston Villa should have been disallowed, it was revealed on Monday, owing to a new rule regarding attackers interfering with the defending team’s wall.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dispatched a free-kick in the 84th minute to secure a 3-2 win for 10-man Arsenal but officials missed a key infringement.
David Luiz and Calum Chambers were both stood within a metre of Villa’s wall, with the latter attempting to block goalkeeper Tom Heaton’s view in the build-up.
Arsenal’s late winner against Aston Villa shouldn’t have been allowed to stand
Under IFAB’s new laws, Villa should have been awarded an indirect free-kick as a result. After Aubameyang scores, Tyrone Mings can be seen pointing at Chambers and arguing with referee Jon Moss, who failed to apply the new law.
The PGMOL said on Monday that it is not in VAR’s remit to check for wall infringements. Sportsmail contacted IFAB to ask why, when an illegal goal was allowed to stand.
VAR is supposed to be used to assist the referee in the event of a ‘clear and obvious error’ or ‘serious missed incident’. That includes in relation to goals.
Arsenal defenders David Luiz and Calum Chambers were stood within a metre of Villa’s wall
Sportsmail columnist Mark Clattenburg said: ‘The goal should have been disallowed. An offence has occurred just before a goal is scored, so VAR should be checking it, in my opinion. Chambers was within one metre at the taking of the free-kick. Therefore the goal should have been disallowed and indirect free-kick awarded to Villa.’
The new law regarding walls was introduced in June but it has hardly been used in the Premier League.
Law 13.3 in IFAB’s Laws of the Game reads: ‘If, when a free kick is taken, an attacking team player is less than one metre (one yard) from a “wall” formed by three or more defending team players, an indirect free kick is awarded.’
Arsenal agreed to play on Tuesday to help Nottingham Forest, who also play on Friday
Arsenal agreed to play Tuesday night’s clash against Nottingham Forest just 48 hours after their win over Aston Villa as a gesture of goodwill to the Championship club.
From all the Premier League sides that played on Sunday, the Gunners are the only club to play their third round Carabao Cup clash this evening.
Manchester United, West Ham, Wolves, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Chelsea all play on Wednesday night.
But Sportsmail can reveal Arsenal, following talks with Forest and the EFL, agreed to the tight turnaround to help to Sabri Lamouchi side’s preparations ahead of their vital Championship clash at Stoke on Friday night.
Defender Rob Holding is set to make his first appearance since December following injury
Playing the Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday night would have caused obvious problems for Forest and while there’s a realisation at the Emirates Stadium that playing so close to Sunday’s win over Villa doesn’t provide ideal preparation for Unai Emery’s team ahead of Tuesday night’s clash, it has been viewed as the lesser of two evils given Forest’s game is on Friday night.
Arsenal’s next fixture isn’t until Monday night when they travel to Manchester United, another factor that was considered.
As a result, Emery is set to make wholesale changes from the team that faced Villa on Sunday, with Rob Holding set to make his first appearance since December after recovering from a serious knee injury.
Kieran Tierney, a £25million summer signing from Celtic, could make his debut after recovering from a groin injury and Hector Bellerin, out since January with a cruciate knee ligament injury, is expected to return to the first-team squad.