Leicester vs Arsenal
Arsenal came into this game in excellent form.
After losing their opening two league games vs Chelsea and Manchester City Arsenal have gone on a nine-match unbeaten run.
The Gunners had picked up six straight Premier League wins, the latest a 5-1 hammering of newly-promoted Fulham.
Arsenal have also won both of their Europa League games so far this season and their League Cup game vs Brentford.
As for Leicester City, they came into this game 11th in the table.
The Foxes had won four and lost four in the league with their latest game a 2-1 loss to Everton.
Rob Holding’s handball
Despite Arsenal’s great form, the Gunners did not have a great start to the game.
Arsenal were pushing very high up the pitch allowing Leicester to counter very easily.
Leicester City also probably should have had a penalty inside the first 20 minutes and Arsenal should have been down to 10 men.
The incident in question involved Arsenal defender Rob Holding who was already on a yellow card.
The ball was whipped into the Arsenal box and Holding would jump up with Wilfred Ndidi to challenge for the ball.
However, Holding’s hand was in a very unnatural position and the ball very clearly hits his arm.
If the referee did give that as a penalty, which he probably should have, it would have been a penalty to Leicester and Holding would likely have received a second yellow.
Instead, Holding would stay on the pitch, a decision that does seem to have really affected the game.
A Hector Bellerin own goal did give Leicester the lead in the 31st minute.
However, a clinical finish from Mesut Ozil would give Arsenal an equaliser before half-time.
Pier-Emerick Aubameyang would then come off the bench for perhaps the best super sub display this year.
The forward would score just two minutes after coming on, giving Arsenal a 2-1 lead.
Aubameyang would get his second and Arsenal’s third just three minutes later.
The game would finish 3-1 to Arsenal but the scoreline may have been very different should Holding have been shown a second yellow and a penalty given for his handball.
Here is the social media reaction to Holding’s handball.
Rob Holding is a very lucky boy there, penalty all day that!
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 22, 2018
Rob holding being lucky here lol
— R (@RitikaSays) October 22, 2018
Arsenal fans when they saw a replay of that Rob Holding handball pic.twitter.com/cZrujOdild
— Busy Buddies 🇳🇬™ (@thebusybuddies) October 22, 2018
Lovely bit of volleyball by Rob holding right in front of the ref lol
— Ari (@AriHotspur) October 22, 2018
Rob Holding pretty much just spiked the ball inside the box and got away with it. That’s impressively bad refereeing given he was about 6 feet away from it.
— Colin Spreag (@ColinSpreag) October 22, 2018
Soooo Rob Holding just punched the ball in the box and handball wasn’t given
— Alex Greenberg (@AGreenberg22) October 22, 2018
A minute after being booked, Rob Holding raises his arm above his head and punches the ball away.
Decision: no penalty.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 22, 2018