Piers Morgan slammed VAR for “wrecking football” after Arsenal’s goal was ruled out against Brentford.
When Leandro Trossard headed the ball home late in the first half, the Gunners felt they had broken the deadlock. Bukayo Saka had blasted the ball into the Brentford penalty area, finding Gabriel Jesus only for the Brazilian to tip it straight at goalkeeper Mark Flekken.
Flekken parried the ball, but only as far as Trossard, who made no mistake from close range. The goal was called off for offside after a VAR review, leaving the Gunners furious.
Replays using VAR techniques revealed that Trossard’s toe was centimetres ahead of the ball when Jesus headed it goalwards – before the Belgian winger scored off the rebound.
As a result, as the pressure increased on the Gunners to find another breakthrough in the second half, they went into the break equal. Morgan, an outspoken Arsenal fan, couldn’t help but express his displeasure with VAR on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“FFS…. VAR wrecking football yet again,” Morgan wrote. I despise it so badly.”
While many Arsenal fans couldn’t agree with the rules of the game on this particular occasion, some joined Morgan in tweeting: “VAR hates Arsenal,” and “VAR wrecking football yet again.”
Others commented, “VAR IS CORRUPT, PLEASE PASS IT ON,” and “What a joke.”
It made for a tense spectacle for the north London faithful, as they were on the verge of conceding in the second half but for an Oleksandr Zinchenko stop on the line. They were saved in the 89th minute, however, by super-sub Kai Havertz, who headed in another magnificent Saka cross to secure the three points.