Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette slams ref Attwell after controversial decisions saw Gunners crumble to Man City defeat

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Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette slams ref Attwell after controversial decisions saw Gunners crumble to Man City defeat

Alexandre Lacazette has hit out at referee Stuart Atwell for Arsenal’s Premier League loss to Manchester City.

The North Londoners suffered a 2-1 loss to the champions on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a controversial Riyad Mahrez penalty and Rodri’s stoppage-time winner.

Arsenal suffered a crushing 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon

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Arsenal suffered a crushing 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday afternooncredits: PA
Referee Stuart Atwell's decisions proved to be a big deal

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Referee Stuart Atwell’s decisions proved to be a big dealcredit: getty
Atwell fines City after being asked to review Granit Xaka's confusion with Bernardo Silva

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Atwell fines City after being asked to review Granit Xaka’s confusion with Bernardo Silvacredit: AP
Gunners hitman Alexandre Lacazette criticizes Atwell's decisions on Instagram

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Gunners hitman Alexandre Lacazette criticizes Atwell’s decisions on Instagramcredit: INSTAGRAM@LACAZETTEALEX

Mikel Arteta’s side were denied a stone penalty by VAR in the first half after an Ederson foul on Martin Odegaard, a decision that angered France international Lacazette.

He wrote on Instagram: “Don’t think we deserved those decisions but I’m proud of my team and thank you fans for never giving up on us, you were amazing!

“On the next.”

An impressive Arsenal took the lead in the 31st minute through Bukayo Saka, before Mahrez returned the visitors on level terms in the 57th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for the Gunners two minutes later when Gabriel ended all of his side’s good work with a second booking.

After the match, assistant manager Albert Steuvenberg – who took charge of the match due to Arteta’s Covid isolation – said: “Mikael has the same feelings as me.”

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“He is disappointed to see the development of the team after the performance and from the start of the season.

“Are we able to compete against one of the best teams in the world? And we were.

“We also showed courage and played the game we wanted in the first half. It is disappointing to end up with zero points at the end.”

Rodri celebrates his 93rd minute winner that broke Arsenal hearts

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Rodri celebrates his 93rd minute winner that broke Arsenal heartscredit: REX

Atwell’s performance at the Emirates prompted repeated chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘2-1 to the referee’.

And fans’ fury boiled over in the 93rd minute when a section of the Emirates launched bottles and toilet paper at the celebratory Rodri.

Arsenal will look to get back on track on Thursday when they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash.

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