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Fans fume Havertz 'knew what he was doing' as Arsenal get 'embarrassing’ penalty

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FANS have been left fuming after Kai Havertz won a penalty against Bournemouth.

The Arsenal star was brought down by goalkeeper Mark Travers in the first half of their vital Premier League match.

Kai Havertz won a penalty against Bournemouth

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Kai Havertz won a penalty against BournemouthCredit: TNT SPORTS
Replays showed Mark Travers catching his foot

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Replays showed Mark Travers catching his footCredit: TNT SPORTS
Fans claimed that Havertz left his foot down to initiate contact

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Fans claimed that Havertz left his foot down to initiate contactCredit: Getty

Bukayo Saka cooly converted the spot-kick by sending Travers the wrong way at the Emirates Stadium.

But fans were not impressed with the way Havertz won the decision.

Many took to social media to claim that the German “knew what he was doing”.

It is suggested that the attacker left his foot low to initiate contact with the goalkeeper and get the decision.

One fan posted: “Few players are smart to get these decisions right in their favor.

“Havertz clearly knew what he was doing.

“Said this before. Title challenging three would get soft decisions in their favor most times.

“No ref has the guts to give the right decision here.”

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A second commented: “On what planet is this a penalty? Embarrassing.”

A third wrote: “If this went against Arsenal you’d be screaming corruption.”

How Arteta turned Havertz from expensive flop to Arsenal’s gamechanger

A fourth said: “Instead of giving these as penalties, if we’re serious about getting rid of simulation, this should be a yellow card for Havertz.”

Another added: “Fair play Havertz, but he’s played the game there. Deliberately drags his foot.

VAR is a fucking joke not turning that round. What’s the point in it?”

The match is a must-win for the Gunners if they want to win the Premier League.

They need to win all of their remaining games and for Manchester City to drop points.

Leandro Trossard double the lead for the hosts in the second half.

Arsenal then got away with a decision, as Bournemouth believed they had got back into the contest.

Antoine Semenyo fired in but the goal was disallowed as Dominic Solanke was harshly judged to have fouled David Raya moments before.

Declan Rice made sure of the result as he bagged Arsenal’s third goal of the game in the 97th minute.

Tactics Exposed: Why Kai Havertz is Arsenal’s most important player

By Dean Scoggins

KAI HAVERTZ endured a difficult start to life at the Emirates after his big-money move from Chelsea.

But has now well and truly found his feet.

The German, 24, has found his scoring boots in recent weeks, including his double against his old club.

But Havertz has been providing much more than goals in recent months.

In fact he has become Mikel Arteta’s most important player as Arsenal go for the title.

That’s after the Spanish boss made a genius tactical switch.

Read more on how Mikel Arteta is using Kai Havertz.

Or to watch the brilliant video in full on YouTube.

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