Ian Wright has shared a strong message on social media platform X, suggesting that VAR made the wrong decision to allow the goal to stand in the Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Arsenal yesterday.
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat against the Magpies at St James’ Park – their first reverse of the season.
Anthony Gordon netted a controversial winner in the 65th minute when the ball appeared to go out of play before it was swung in by Jacob Murphy.
Joelinton also looked to have fouled Gabriel Magalhaes before playing in Gordon and there was even a possible shout of offside.
However, the VAR officials felt there was nothing illegal. Mikel Arteta was furious after the game and he blasted VAR and the referees, claiming it was an ‘absolute disgrace’.
The Gunners released a defiant statement backing the Spaniard’s brutal blast, but several pundits have criticised Arteta for taking a step too far with his public criticism.
Wright wrote on X. “Bro. I’m done with people saying this is not a foul.”
He added an expletive and was backed up by former Premier League referee Mark Clatterburg, who also suggested the referee got it wrong.
Are Arsenal taking it too far?
They were very ordinary against the Magpies and it appears that the VAR incident is diverting the attention, although there’s no doubt that it has played a major role in shaping the outcome of the game.
There should not be any doubt that the VAR has made a blunder here, but Arteta’s harsh criticism and the club backing him publicly do not give a good impression either.
Arsenal have now suffered two defeats in a row. They will face Sevilla next in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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