Arsenal ‘would have been champions if refs did their jobs properly’

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An analysis undertaken by a panel of experts at SunSports, has revealed that Arsenal would have won the Premier League title if the referees got all their calls correct during the term.

Arsenal had to settle for a second-placed finish this season, losing out to champions Leicester City by 10 points.

However, an analysis, undertaken by a panel of experts at SunSports, has revealed that the Gunners would have won the Premier League title if the referees got all their calls correct during the term.

The team analysed all 380 matches to determine key penalty-box calls that went both for and against teams, as well as goals which should and should not have counted.

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It was also revealed that Manchester United nor Manchester City should have made it into the top five, while Leicester should have finished in second, two points adrift of the should-be champions.

Southampton would have actually finished in third, and Spurs would have ended their campaign one spot lower in fourth place.

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Newcastle appear to have taken the biggest hit, as the study also showed that they should have finished in 14th place, with Sunderland heading for the Championship instead.

Refereeing mistakes were made in 96 games, around one in every four. Of the 96, 53 of the mistakes sent the results in the wrong direction.

Leicester are understood to have been a huge beneficiary, getting more than the deserved amount of big calls. They gained 12 points from mistakes, although they were robbed of a win against Southampton at one point.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, only lost two points through incorrect decisions. Aaron Ramsey’s goal against Liverpool, which was struck off, should have stood. The Gunners would have won that match 1-0.

Chelsea, sadly, would have still ended up outside of the top six. Mistakes only cost them three points over the season, and they would only be able to manage an eighth-place finish if the decisions were correct.

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