Thursday 27 July 2017

Arsenal fans outraged Marcos Alonso's goal was not disallowed for an elbow on Hector Bellerin

Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (L) rises above Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (C) to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (L) rises above Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (C) to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

Callum Davis

Arsenal fans are convinced Chelsea's opening goal at Stamford Bridge should have been disallowed for a foul on Hector Bellerin.

Chelsea took the lead after just 12 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as Marcos Alonso out-jumped Hector Bellerin to head the ball into the net.

But Arsenal fans were left aggrieved on Saturday afternoon after Marcos Alonso appeared to foul Hector Bellerin in the process of putting Chelsea in front.

Bellerin was left prostrate on the floor in the aftermath of the goal as replays showed Alonso's arm had collided with the Spaniard's head while jumping for the rebound from Diego Costa's header which had rebounded off the crossbar.

The 21-year-old received treatment from Arsenal medical staff before being escorted from the Stamford Bridge pitch.

The right back was eventually replaced by Gabriel after a head-injury assessment.

Opinion was divided on Twitter as to whether Alonso had simply out-muscled the Arsenal right back, or whether the challenge constituted an elbow to the face.

While former referee Dermot Gallagher told BBC Five Live Sport that the challenge was fair, Arsenal fans were left inidignant that referee Martin Atkinson had not disallowed the goal.

Reflecting on the incident that proceeded Chelsea's goal,  Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry both agreed that Marcos Alonso's challenge was a fair one.

"They've both got eyes for the ball. It's a shame because Bellerin does get battered, there, but there's no blame attached to Alonso," said Graeme Souness.

However Souness was critical of Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott, who failed to track Marcos Alonso's run and leap.

Bellerin was able to take his place on the Arsenal bench after being treated in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.

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