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Arsenal star left Michael Oliver no choice after rash challenge argues former Premier League referee

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Granit Xhaka made it easy for Michael Oliver to send him off after his challenge on Diogo Jota in Thursday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg.

It’s not clear whether Oliver shows the red card for serious foul play or a denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity.



It’s not the first time the former Arsenal captain has been a little rash in his decision making either.



Either way, Xhaka forced Oliver into making a decision which, given the importance of the game, shows once again that the player should’ve known better.



The Arsenal midfielder tried stretching to reach Andy Roberton’s long ball but only succeeded in clattering into the Liverpool attacker.

However, if it was DOGSO (Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity), there is an element of doubt as to the likelihood of Jota keeping or gaining control of the ball, as his first touch bounces off his chest at pace as he is fouled.

Ben White was a deserved man of the match, though the eventual goalless draw was as much to do with Takumi Minamino’s miss as anything else.
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