The Football Association (FA) blamed Arsenal for failing to control their players during the controversial ending to their 1-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s side were four points ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit as Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game at Elland Road, though they needed two huge breaks.
Patrick Bamford took a penalty from William Saliba’s handball at the hour mark, before a VAR check canceled Gabriel Magalhais’ red card in stoppage time, as well as another penalty for Leeds.
Arsenal players reacted furiously to Chris Kavanagh’s initial decision to sack Gabriel for the alleged hit on Bamford, prompting the FA to take action.
The FA said in a statement Thursday: “Arsenal have been charged with violating FA rule E20.1 following the Premier League match against Leeds United on Sunday 16 October 2022.
“It is alleged that the club failed to ensure the disciplined behavior of its players in the 92nd minute of the match.
Arsenal must respond by Monday 24 October 2022.”
Asked what he thought of the incident after the win, Arteta said: “I didn’t see it, but everyone says the decision was clear.
“Thank God they got the system working, this delay was worth it because without VAR I don’t know what would have happened!”
95′ Bamford and Gabriel clash, Arsenal defender hits Leeds striker, referee awards penalty and red card, VAR intervenes, penalty is not awarded and card is cancelled. 0-1
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2022