Before the Palace game, I was already of the opinion that VAR must go, but after, need I say more than Arsenal have been robbed by technology and the people behind it?
If I were in Ozil’s entourage I would write on Twitter, in a mature way, of course, as I don’t spend half my life playing Fortnite: ‘VAR makes me laugh’. In other words, it’s a joke and a company is being paid shed loads at our expense.
Joke number one happened with Arsenal already 2-0 up thanks to goals from Sokratis and Luiz from Pepe corners. The Gunners were looking unusually solid defensively until Chambers hung out a leg. Zaha, instinctively, hurled himself at the outstretched leg, earning himself a deserved yellow card for simulation. To everyone’s amazement, VAR overturned the decision. Although there was contact, Chambers’ leg was outstretched before Zaha deliberately collided with it. If that was a penalty, then we’d better change the rules of the game.
Just when you thought you had enough controversy for one day, the second VAR joke arrived. This time Sokratis smashed the ball home for the winner only for VAR to mysteriously rule it out. If anything, Arsenal could have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Chambers but with even VAR wouldn’t dare to do that, given the legitimate goal that followed the melee in the box.
It was another shocking decision, which resulted in the best team not winning. In short, Arsenal deserved something for their efforts and not just a point.
The defence looked more solid than usual and Tierney was a class act on his Premier League debut.
The only moment that soured the display was Xhaka’s reaction to being substituted: storming off down the tunnel. That is not captain’s behaviour, but that’s what you get when you allow the players to vote for their skipper.
Meanwhile, Bellerin, on the bench, looked frustrated about not getting game time, which you can understand, but Chambers put in an excellent shift overall, so you can see why Emery persevered with him.
Despite the result, this was an encouraging performance from Arsenal and they should be proud of themselves.