“We apologise to Arsenal supporters,” said PGMOL, admitting to VAR’s shortcomings and pleading with Mikel Arteta not to offend them again in North London.
PGMOL acknowledged that when Arsenal lost to West Ham, who was vying for first place, VAR was not applied. The decision to continue play was made on the pitch because it was impossible to see from the views available at Stockley Park whether the ball was still in play during the build-up to Tomas Soucek’s opening goal.
Although supporters of Arsenal insisted that Jarrod Bowen had not kept the ball, their mood soured when former Gunners striker Konstantinos Mavropanos headed in a header from James Ward-Prowse to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory. Mikel Arteta’s team was now two points behind Liverpool in second place.
Arsenal supporters accepted Arsene Wenger’s “I didn’t see it” explanation as valid each time he made it. Nonetheless, home supporters showed little desire to discount VAR using the same fallacy.
In the run-up to West Ham’s first goal, was the ball over the line or not? The image from the cutting-edge technology that was partially installed to address this very issue revealed that the ball was still partially in play.
However, the ball just vanished in the following picture. Was the ball really behind Jarrod Bowen’s thigh, or was it beyond the line? Stockley Park had to decide on the pitch since they lacked sufficient evidence to make a firm determination. Tomas Soucek’s forceful close-range finish was accepted.
There are a lot of questions, but Arsenal’s VAR issue is actually far worse. Examining why Oleksandr Zinchenko only bumped into Gabriel in the build-up to the goal in the thirteenth minute and whether he has too many of these errors in him to maintain a title push may have longer-term benefits.
a query that will be answered when the transfer window opens the following week. There are more queries. Despite all of the scheming, backstabbing, and exciting seven minutes, Arsenal was unable to even pose a threat to the Arsenal goal from a distance.
Someone who consistently places the ball in the net is needed. Gabriel Jesus leads the Champions League with 24 points in 43 games. However, one of the reasons Arsenal have let so many of the games he has dominated get out of hand is because of his meagre three Premier League goals.
In the 56th minute, Mavropanos struck the underside of the bar from a corner kick by Ward-Prowse to increase West Ham’s advantage. His lack of celebration was an homage to his eight forgettable games in four years at that position. That’s when Jesus truly started to make the disgruntled Arsenal fans sigh.
Ben White’s even better close-range cross that went high over the bar followed Bukayo Saka’s initial direct at Alphonse Areola.