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[Tweets] “Absolute joke” – Arsenal fans rage at VAR after late winner is ruled out

Arsenal fans were rightly left raging after seeing a late winner against Crystal Palace ruled out by a controversial decision by the VAR.

Arsenal fans were rightly left raging after seeing a late winner against Crystal Palace ruled out by a controversial decision by the Video Assistant Referee.

It looked as though Arsenal were heading towards a comfortable victory this afternoon when Sokratis opened the scoring in the 7th minute before David Luiz doubled the advantage with a far post tap in following a corner just one minute later.

However, the game turned when VAR awarded Crystal Palace a 32nd minute penalty. Referee Martin Atkinson initially booked Wilfried Zaha for diving when he went over under a challenge from Calum Chambers, but the VAR overruled and awarded the penalty. Luka Milivojevic made it 2-1 from the spot.

Crystal Palace then levelled things up early in the second half when Jordan Ayew headed home at the far post after being teed-up by a James McArthur cross in the 52nd minute.

Arsenal rallied and pushed to find a winner and it looked as though we had found one when Sokratis lashed home a loose ball in the 85th minute. However, after a long check, the VAR ruled it out for an apparent foul by Chambers.

Replays showed Chambers tangling three Palace players and he was shoved at least once in the back while another chipped away at his ankles, so if anything it should have been a foul on the Arsenal defender. However, VAR inexplicably went in Palace’s favour and called for an imaginary foul by Chambers and the goal was ruled out.

There is certainly a coming together between the players but in no way is Chambers so-called foul ‘clear and obvious’ – as the rules state must be the case for the VAR to overrule the referee – so it was a shocking decision all-round.

Understandably, Arsenal fans have been left raging as we drew a game we should have won and we rightly feel let down this evening with many taking to Twitter to slam what was an ‘absolute joke’ of a decision.

VAR did nothing for the clear shirt pull on Sokratis against Sheffield United but gave two huge calls to Palace today. There is absolutely no consistency and Arsenal have certainly not had things go their way with VAR calls this season.

Check out what fans had to say on the matter here:

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  1. chris

    October 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Surely the 1st problem with VAR is that those who pronounce do not know enough about professional football. There can be little doubt of that. And my solution ? Appoint ex players from the lower divisions who may not have made it to the top but do know football.

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