Gary Neville instantly began trolling Arsenal following West Ham’s opening goal against the Gunners.
The Premier League match began at 13 minutes when Jarrod Bowen of West Ham prodded the ball across goal for Tomas Soucek, who was unmarked in the box and smashed the opening goal past David Raya in the Arsenal goal.
But first, the referees tried to figure out whether the ball went out before Bowen got to it with a protracted VAR check.
A few minutes later, the goal was declared even though it wasn’t “clear and obvious” if the ball had left the play.
The event bore similarities to another dispute that occurred a few months prior, in which Arsenal was incensed that a goal against Newcastle had been awarded despite their belief that the ball had left the pitch during the build-up, among other reasons.
At the time, Neville appeared on Sky Sports to basically explain how perspective and spheres operate, while Mikel Arteta vented his frustration at the judgement in a post-match press conference.
Neville also posted a video of the aforementioned explainer to Twitter along with multiple ‘laughing’ emojis as soon as Arsenal lost to West Ham.
Several Arsenal fans were incensed when he later shared a photo of himself on X, appearing to be staring over a ball on the brink of the by-line.
The former player for Arsenal, Cardiff, and one-cap England international Jay Bothroyd said Sky Sports News that VAR should have access to additional views of the incident since it is impossible to know whether the ball went out of play in the build-up to Soucek’s goal.
“In these situations, there’s one view, even though the Premier League spends so much money on everything football-related,” he remarked.
“Neither a bird’s eye view nor a view from the opposite side are available because they are too far away to be able to zoom in. This ought to be resolved by now.
“They need to iron out those specifics. Given what they saw, if that was out and you set a goal, that was a bad choice.
“Those are the things everyone is frustrated with in football right now.”