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Arsenal Vs Newscastle: Ex-EPL referee Gallagher explains why Gunners lost penalty appeals

Ex-Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher has said he understands why Arsenal did not get a penalty for an apparent foul on Gabriel Magalhaes during their 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.

The Brazilian defender went down in the box during the second half, with Dan Burn appearing to have held his shirt.

It was the first of two penalty appeals from the Gunners that referee Andy Madley ignored.

The second came in stoppage time at the end of the match when the ball struck the arm of Jacob Murphy.

Madley chose not to point to the spot and VAR didn’t intervene either.

Gallagher told Sky Sports: “It was difficult for the referee because, you didn’t see his angle there, but he couldn’t really see because of the players around him. When the VAR looks at it, you can see that, and that’s why I think Dan Burn has taken a massive risk.

“I think he’s won the battle there because when you look at it on a replay, it’s easier to justify a penalty. But I think how they want the VAR to operate now, I can understand why it wasn’t given.”

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