ARSENAL did enough to beat rivals Tottenham in the north London derby but should feel aggrieved with the match officials who cost them dearly.
That is the view of Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, who thinks that two penalty decisions went against Unai Emery’s team.
The Gunners spurned the opportunity to move within a point of Spurs in the Premier League table after conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at Wembley.
An early Aaron Ramsey strike, who was playing in his last north London derby, looked to have earned his team the the three points.
But a Harry Kane penalty with 15 minutes to go meant the spoils were shared in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could have won it in injury time for Arsenal but his penalty was saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Loris.
And Shearer thinks that the match officials played a big part in the final result of the contest.
The former Newcastle striker thinks that Tottenham’s penalty should not have been awarded as Kane was in an offside position.
“First, the Tottenham penalty was offside,” he said on Match of the Day. “The assistant was a not up with play and it shouldn’t be a difficult decision if he is in line.
“Harry Kane makes a movement towards the ball and he is then offside and the assistant should see it.
“It was a penalty for the foul on Kane but it should never have got there.”
And while he thinks Arsenal’s late penalty awarding was soft, it should have been retaken once Aubameyang had missed because of encroachment from Jan Vertonghen.
“I didn’t think the Arsenal penalty should have been given but once he gives it, just look at Vertonghen,” he said.
“The assistant wasn’t looking but it is the referee’s job to watch out for encroachment and when you see how far in the penalty box Vertonghen was, it should have been retaken.
“There is no doubt about it the referee should be able to look at that and it should be retaken.”
The result leaves the race for the to four wide open after Manchester United’s victory over Southampton on Saturday.
Arsenal remain four points behind Tottenham but slip to fifth after another win for the Red Devils.
And with Chelsea having two games in hand, the race for the final two Champions League spots look set to go down to the wire.