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Arsenal complained to PGMOL over rough treatment of €120m-rated star forward

Arsenal have complained to refereeing body PGMOL over the rough treatment of star forward Bukayo Saka by opponents, according to the Daily Mail

The 22-year-old is often targeted by opposition defenders and the Gunners feel they are not being punished enough. 

They made their grievances known to the league’s refereeing body during a conversation last year as part of regular dialogue that other clubs were also involved in. 

The right winger was the league’s third-most fouled player in 2023, as he was on the receiving end of 87 fouls. 

Only Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew and Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes were fouled more. 

Arsenal reportedly said to PGMOL that a player should be booked after the ‘first strong foul’ on the England international rather than wait for a second incident. 

They want more protection for Saka, who has been carrying an Achilles injury since last season.

He also limped off the pitch against Lens in the Champions League in October and was sidelined for several weeks. 

The 22-year-old is one of the main players for Mikel Arteta’s side, and they cannot afford to lose him to injury for a lengthy spell. 

He has bagged six goals and seven assists in 19 league matches this season, highlighting his importance to the team.

Arsenal are vying for the league title, but recent results have been discouraging. They are currently five points behind Liverpool in the Premier League standings

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