Former Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Halsey has suggested that West Ham were “extremely unlucky” as they went down to ten men in the second half against Arsenal.

The Hammers lost 2-0 in the London derby clash on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium, with goals coming from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith-Rowe.

Coufal picked up a booking in the second half, his second of the day, after he was adjudged to have fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the box.

Writing for the Sun (relayed by Phil Cadden), Halsey wrote that it was not a penalty, as the Hammers defender won the ball perfectly.

West Ham were extremely unlucky when Vladimir Coufal conceded a penalty for a challenge on Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette.

The Hammers defender won the ball – but referee Anthony
Taylor then pointed to the spot.

“It was not a penalty. If anything, Lacazette went into Coufal’s leg – what was the right-back supposed to do?”

@RefereeHalsey⁩ gives his view on Arsenal’s penalty and the red card to Vladimir Coufal of West Hampic.twitter.com/kxecwLwe5r

— Phil Cadden (@pjcadden) December 16, 2021

Poor decision

Halsey is absolutely spot on here.

The decision to send Coufal off was not only harsh, but it sparked fresh debate over the standard of referring once again.

Arsenal were leading by 1-0 at that time, and the decision killed the competition completely.

West Ham went down to ten men, and it became difficult for
them to stage a comeback.

Lukasz Fabianski did save a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette
but the damage was already being done at that point.

David Moyes felt that Coufal should have done better and
that the referee is not to be blamed here.

Having said that the Hammers players have every reason to be angry about the decision because Coufal had played the ball first before he made contact with the Arsenal striker.

What has been really frustrating was the decision from Peter Bankes, the VAR in charge of the game, who should have ordered Anthony Taylor to have a look at the pitchside monitor.

The technology is there to reduce human errors, and it
should be fully used.

Having said that, West Ham have been really poor throughout
the game, as they lacked energy and creativity.

The Hammers have picked up just one win in their last six games so far, and they should be looking to improve their away form in the coming weeks.

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