Despite the poor results during the first weeks of 2019, Arsenal are now among the favourites to finish the season in Top – 4.
Before visiting Goodison Park, Gunners had won 5 matches and drew 1 (against Tottenham). Currently, Unai Emery’s side has 63 points and has advantage over Chelsea in terms of goal difference.
However, Arsenal could have had at least 3 and maximum 5 points if they were not affected by referees’ controversial decisions.
North London derby has been impressive from Gunners. Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal and Tottenham seemed helpless, when referee Anthony Taylor started to make wrong decisions.
1.Harry Kane offside position when Tottenham had been awarded penalty.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) March 2, 2019
2.Danny Rose’s challenge against Bernd Leno.
3.Jan Vertonghen position during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Rose’s lunge on Leno = not a sending off; Sanchez’s stamp on Koscielny = not even a booking; Vertoghen encroaching in the area during Auba’s penalty = no retake given. The @fa and their officials don’t even try to hide the bias anymore. Worrying. pic.twitter.com/YTkqdf7UvU
— 1886 (@1886_blog) March 2, 2019
Despite the controversial penalty given for Arsenal, the above mentioned three episodes had much more impact on the game, as Arsenal could have won the derby. They lost 2 points instead.
And the latest defeat at Goodison Park. Surely, it was one of the worst Arsenal performances this season. Toothless match from almost every player. However, Everton’s only goal shouldn’t have counted, because Toffees’ left back Lucas Digne stepped the over the line before the throw-in that led to Jagielka goal. Kevin Friend made a mistake, that finally impacted the result.
Overall, Arsenal could have 3 points more if the beat Tottenham and drew with Everton. Best scenario for Arsenal would have been two victories and 6 points from these matches, but they managed only 1 point.