Despite Arsenal’s shocking displays, controversial system has cost the Gunners massively – Opinion


The latest figures surrounding VAR have been released, and if you’re an Arsenal fan, they make for some pretty shocking reading.

For as long as the system’s been in place, it seems to be working against the north London giants, who have seen a raft of decisions go against them.

There was the no-goal versus Crystal Palace, the David Luiz red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a personal favourite, the no sending off for Matty Cash after Bukayo Saka was through on goal in the loss to Aston Villa.

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According to the latest figures released by ESPN, the Gunners have had the least amount of VAR decisions go in their favour. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s men have also suffered the most, net, decisions against them.

However, the most shocking statistic of all is the number of VAR decisions that have been overturned with Arsenal having a staggering seven turned around against them, the most in the Premier League.

The claims when the system came into the top-flight was that it would help fix ‘clear and obvious errors‘, but, anyone who’s watched the league since the start of the 2019/2020 season will know it’s only added to the confusion.

Factoring in the various decisions that have gone against the north London giants this campaign, there’s definitely an argument to be made that the club, should and could be higher up in the table.

Whilst, Mikel Arteta’s men have endured a horrible season, there’s a case to be made that the lack of consistency in the refereeing has definitely helped make the side’s task even harder.

In other news, a trio of players are in contention to return for today’s clash with Villareal.

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