Aaron Ramsdale was unable to hide his grin, despite launching a rant about the inconsistencies of VAR in Arsenal ’s dramatic defeat to Manchester City.
The Gunners keeper was left crestfallen after he was beaten by a stoppage-time Rodri strike in the 2-1 loss to the champions.
The win leaves City 11 points clear of their nearest title rivals, with all signs pointing towards another league success for Pep Guardiola.
But it was victory borne out of controversy, leaving much of the post-match analysis to revolve around refereeing decisions.
Stuart Atwell turned down a first-half penalty shout from Arsenal, whilst he awarded City one after the break after VAR requested he check the incident on the pitchside monitor.
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Gabriel was then sent off moments later, having picked up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes.
The Brazilian picked up his first yellow for scuffing the penalty spot as Riyad Mahrez prepared to take, with Ramsdale escaping punishment for doing the same.
The goalkeeper has quickly become a fan favourite at the Emirates, despite his summer signing dividing supporters at the time.
His commanding performances, twinned with his positive personality has helped to transform Arsenal’s season and his character stood out in his post-match media commitments.
Asked about Gabriel’s red card, he told BT Sport: “I was so confused, I didn’t see him get the first yellow, I asked the question whether it was a straight red.”
Ramsdale was then informed of what it was for, with the reporter hinting his own incident of gamesmanship hadn’t gone unnoticed.
The 23-year-old, who cut a frustrated figure for the rest of the interview, beamed and offered a glimpse as to why Arsenal fans have taken him to heart so quickly.
On the two penalty incidents, he added: “Both [were] penalties. I don’t know why the ref is told to see one and not the other.
“[VAR] is there for a reason, go and use it. It is the inconsistency,” the 23-year-old fan favourite went on.
“The whole point is to help the game out, in real time it didn’t look like one and slow it down on a screen and it is given.”
The Gunners were given an explanation for VAR’s methodology by former Premier League referee Peter Walton, who explained: “First of all, there’s two distinguishing factors on both penalties.
“One was we can all see clear evidence therefore Stuart Atwell was advised to have a look, on the other one it was a subjective forensically analysed decision.”