Arsenal’s match could influence VAR decisions as players become fed up

The Premier League could ditch VAR after more controversies yesterday, one of which was in Arsenal’s game against Tottenham.

The Gunners beat their neighbours 3-1, but a key moment in the game was the sending off of Emerson Royal.

The Brazilian had hacked down Gabriel Martinelli and some felt a yellow card would have sufficed.

The referee sent him off and Spurs have argued that it changed the complexion of the fixture.

VAR has come under renewed criticism because of the decision.

Another controversial decision on the same day came at the game between Fulham and Newcastle, where Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off for what his manager believes should not have been a red card.

The Daily Mail reports Premier League stars, and some managers are calling for the technology to be ditched.

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Arsenal has also been at the receiving end of inconsistent VAR decisions since they introduced the technology to the game.

It was our lucky day, but it doesn’t mean we would not ask for a change in how it works.

Every PL team has suffered from it. The operators must do better to ease our collective frustrations.

If that cannot happen, we need to ditch it and return to how we played football before its introduction to the game.

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  1. Yesterday’s criticism of the Arsenal and Fulham calls is just plain silly. In both cases VAR worked exactly as it should.

    I thought the Emerson red was harsh (more clumsy then reckless and dangerous). But it wasn’t a clear and obvious mistake from the on-field ref hence it wasn’t downgraded to yellow. If the ref had originally given a yellow I would of had issues with it being overturned and upgraded to a red. Let the refs ref.

    My contrast, Chalobah’s tackle was late, reckless and dangerous and was rightly overturned.

    Like it or not, VAR is not going anywhere so we can only hope it gets applied properly. At least this weekend it looks like they did. Sadly I have no confidence that it will continue.

  2. Even at the time the red card was given, Spurs were already down by one goal. Arsenal outplayed Spurs right from the first whistle to the last one. Spurs only grabbed a penalty which in my view could have been ignored.

  3. VAR itself isn’t the problem, it’s the people and their decision making that is the problem.

    Other sports use it properly, the PL needs to learn from others as they are so poor at it. Perhaps having accountability from the people making the calls is in order.

    1. Durand and others The fundamental problem that VAR has had ever since first being ntroduced is that it spoils the excitement when a goal is scored. And it is spoiled for the very obvious reason that VAR is largely a subjective choice where a video ref can overturn the onfield refs decision, by beckoning him to thr side pitch screen.

      We all know that virtually neverhas a ref kept to his decision after watching the screen . VAR should have, bu disgracefully and stupidly, has not waited until all decisions are just like goalmouth tech , where an instant incontrovertible decision is transmitted INSTANTLY and directly to the onfield ref , with NO PATHETIC AND STUPIDLY APPPOINTED MIDDLE MAN AT STOCKLEY PARK.

      Only fools believe in two refs, wher one effectively causes the original ref to change his mind , even when he does not want to. Refs are marked and they dare not stand their ground by refusing to watch the replay.

      I know they are allowed BUT hardly ever does it happen. Yesterday was ONE extremely rare occasion when it happened , in another PREM GAME, that a ref stood by his original decision after watching the screen. He was praised by Shearer and Wright for dong so.
      VAR ought never been brought in at all, until and unless it can be transmitted instantly to the ONLY ref there should ever be, the onfield ref .

      I have consistently argued this view ever since the advent of VAR and I seem to be among the few on JA who would entirely ban VAR.



  4. I prefer VAR to how it used to be. VAR doesn’t make the obvious errors that refs constantly made when it wasn’t in use. When it is wrong, at least you can see why the decision is contentious, unlike the phantom calls that refs made regularly. I also feel bottom table clubs get a fairer shake v top sides. And calls between the best north v south clubs have fewer errors than that of old. We do occasionally get a dodgy ref controlling VAR and making a more than contentious call, but I believe that VAR will get better, in time, and it will all get ironed out in black and white.

    As for the Tott sending off. I thought it was a yellow card at first viewing. Then in the slow-motion playback -I could see why the ref didn’t like it. However, I would feel hard done …if it was one of ours that went off for that challenge.

    But it’s the ankle, some players have horrendous issues with ligaments and whatnot. A stomping motion on the ankle. -well, now we know that this ref will send you off for showing studs on an ankle.

  5. I dont know about the other game but VAR wasn’t involved in the Spuds sending off, the referee did it. The big problem would have been VAR stepping in and changing the decision, which it obviously didnt. VAR is getting more right than wrong, it is just moaning managers and fans that moaned about the refs before VAR came in, in just the same way. That will never change. Im happy with VAR.

  6. If VAR is dropped, the Leagues would have to ensure that TV companies do NOT show replays of the action, because TV companies highlighting errors made by Referees and Linesmen is what caused the clamour for VAR in the first place.

  7. It’s the time VAR takes that irks me
    However, when I think of Lampard’s goal that wasn’t given, then I’m all in favour of technology being properly applied as it is now with goal line issues

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