Arsenal won the interesting Premier League encounter against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium last Friday with a 3-1 scoreline.
Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey opened the scoring with a header in the 23rd minute before Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime to double Arsenal's lead. English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe then scored in the 56th minute before Jacob Ramsey scored a consolation goal to round up the night.
During the game, Arsenal was awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime for a foul on French striker Alexandre Lacazette by Aston Villa defender Matt Targett to which VAR awarded the spot-kick almost a minute later.
Emiliano Martinez saved Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's shot from the spot but fans thought the referee should have blown the halftime whistle and prevented the Gabonese hitman from scoring the rebound.
Well according to sports analyst (Dale Johnson), the reason why Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to score the rebound is that Craig Pawson (referee) hadn't blown the halftime whistle.
The referee only blew his whistle once in the centre of the pitch (neutral area) as opposed to twice or thrice to signify halftime. So it means that he only stopped play to go over and check the VAR monitor for review.
The time the foul happened was 46 minutes, 56 seconds and the half was supposed to end by the 48th minute after an added time of 3 minutes. Play continued for 45 seconds before the Referee stopped the game which meant that play could still go on for a few more seconds.
If the halftime whistle had been blown before the penalty decision was taken, then Pierre Emerick Aubameyang wouldn't have time to score the rebound because the play would be stopped after Emiliano Martinez made the save.
Arsenal put on a convincing display against Aston Villa and the fans would be hoping it continues that way.
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