West Ham suffered a 2-0 defeat against London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League clash on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

David James took to his personal Twitter account to express his reaction to Vladimir Coufal sending off and the subsequent penalty decision that went in favour of the Gunners,

Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, but West Ham struggled with a numerical disadvantage.

James clearly baffled with the decision, wrote on Twitter:

“Wow! How is it not a clear and obvious, when the decision was delayed, and wrong? “

Wow! How is it not a clear and obvious, when the decision was delayed, and wrong? #VAR #ARSWHU

— David James (@jamosfoundation) December 15, 2021

Contentious decision

After a cagey first half, the home side took the lead through Gabriel Martinelli.

However, the decision to send Coufal off was very harsh, and it killed the competition.

Yes, it was not a clear tackle, but after checking various replays, it looked obvious that it was a genuine attempt from the defender to win the ball.

Most importantly, it was a solid challenge from the
right-back.

What has been really baffling was Peter Bankes, the VAR in charge, didn’t ask Anthony Taylor to check the pitchside monitor.

The decision meant Coufal picking up his second yellow card of the game, and the penalty decision stood.

Although Fabianski did very well in saving the spot-kick from Lacazette, the Hammers went down to 10 men against strong opposition.

The use of VAR has been overall brilliant this season, but it beggars belief as to why Bankes did not advise Taylor to have a look.

With that result, Arsenal have now moved into the top four for the first time this season.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have identified their next signing from the Championship.

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