Referee Michael Oliver gave West Ham a goal on Thursday night, even though the ball looked like it was going out of play for a corner. Arsenal was wrongly called for offside by VAR.
When a cross came into the box, Gabriel and Oleksandr Zinchenko failed to clear the ball. It fell to Jarrod Bowen. He reached for the ball and tapped it back to Tomas Soucek, who shot past David Raya.
That put the away team ahead, even though Arsenal had been in control up until that point. Craig Pawson, the VAR, looked at the goal a lot, and replays seemed to show that the ball had gone out.
Aside camera couldn’t see the ball because Bowen’s right leg and upper body were in the way. And Mark Clattenberg, a former top official, pointed that out as the reason a goal had to be given.
“The call on the pitch is a goal, so they need to show proof that the ball is no longer in play.” “From what I can see, the ball seems to be in play a little,” he told Amazon Prime.
McCoist, a former star for the Rangers, wasn’t so sure that the ball had stayed in. There were a few replays that the announcer saw that didn’t help him come to a decision. He told Amazon Prime TV, “It’s a tough one.” No matter if it’s gone out or not, that will be a tough one. How does that look? What do we think? I think that looks good.
He said, “It looks in there!” after seeing it from a different view. That frame shows it, but the ball is buried. Bowen is blocking the line with his right leg, which means we can’t see the part of the ball we want to see.
“It makes things very hard for us.” I really hope the person who is looking at it has a different view because you can’t see it. The view is blocked by his right leg, specifically his right hip.”
A group of Arsenal players could be seen asking Oliver what the ruling would be. The referee seemed to say that Bowen was blocking the camera’s view of the line. The Gunners were shocked when the goal was called, but they were able to get back on track and take control of the game again.
But Mikel Arteta’s team had a hard time creating clear-cut chances, and their fans were clearly angry with Oliver’s choice to give the goal. It was like when Arsenal lost to Newcastle and VAR again couldn’t say for sure if the ball had gone out before Newcastle’s winning goal.
After that game, Arteta went on a very angry rant about VAR and the choice to give that goal. The FA recently said that the Arsenal manager would not face any punishment for what he said at St. James’ Park.