Arsenal are facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury suffered by Bukayo Saka in last night's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Lens, with Sunday's six-pointer against Manchester City looming. Saka was forced off before half-time after feeling what manager Mikel Arteta described as "muscular" discomfort and was set for a scan and assessments by medical staff on Wednesday. "I think every team in the world would miss Bukayo, but we have to see what happens in the next few days," said Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard.
As the straw man argument persists about the validity of a replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool (Liverpool have never asked for one) and why there is no refereeing conspiracy (no-one beyond social media has suggested there is), the Premier League must consider an inconvenient question following the release of the audio surrounding Luis Diaz’s ‘goal’.
Referees' body, the PGMOL, have vowed to change their communication protocols to prevent another embarrassing VAR blunder. The audio from the bungled VAR call which cost Liverpool the opening goal in Saturday's defeat at Tottenham was released last night, confirming that VAR Darren England was immediately told he had made a mistake but felt unable to correct it. Luis Diaz's strike was incorrectly flagged offside, but England (below) failed to correct the error on reviewing the footage because he mistakenly believed a goal had been awarded by the on-field officials.