By Mark Smith

23rd Nov, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Covered in law' - Dermot Gallagher shares verdict on Arsenal penalty shout v Leeds

Dermot Gallagher has claimed that it was the right decision not to hand Arsenal a penalty against Leeds United on Sunday.

An incident was sent to VAR in the second half, as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s effort appeared to strike Liam Cooper on the arm.

It was turned away by the controversial system, as the Whites skipper blocked the initial shot with his leg before falling on the loose ball.

Speaking on Monday’s edition of Ref Watch, Gallagher admitted that he agreed with both the officials and VAR on the incident.

“This is covered in law, isn’t it,” he said on Sky Sports.

“As much as a player falling to the ground, he can’t do nothing about it, so the ball strikes him, there’s no doubt it strikes him.

“But again, not deemed a penalty. Not deemed a penalty by the referee on the field, not deemed a penalty by VAR, and I agree with both of them.”

Thankfully, common sense prevailed in this one.

It wouldn’t have surprised us if it was given though, we have seen it plenty of times this season with these types of silly decisions.

Robin Koch was penalised in the first game of the season against Liverpool, despite the ball being smashed at him from point-blank range and there was certainly nothing he could have done on that occasion.

Cooper kept Aubameyang quiet for the majority of the game, and it would have been a travesty if he was penalised for this great block against one of the Premier League’s best.

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