VAR officials explain why the referee didn’t award Arsenal’s penalty vs Southampton

After playing to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s Park, Arsenal lost ground. Prior to Armstrong tying the score in the second half, Granite Xhaka gave Arteta’s team the lead in the first half. Fans have reacted, though, as Arsenal and Manchester City are currently separated by only two points.

Arsenal appear to have lost focus, but this essay will concentrate on how the decision to give Chelsea a penalty against Manchester United but not Arsenal against Southampton shows the inconsistency with the Video Assistant Referee.

Arsenal fans wasn’t pleased with the Var decision for not awarding a penalty for them why Chelsea were given a penalty against Manchester United because Scott McTominay kept hold of Broja inside the penalty area for an excessive amount of time. In contrast, Southampton’s Caleta-Car grabbed Gabriel Jesus within the penalty area, which was a comparable violation.

In addition to the incident, Var officials have provided an explanation for their decision not to give a penalty. The center-back held onto Gabriel Jesus until the striker lost his balance.

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The Video Assistant Referee did not get involved in this event and neither did it result in a penalty or foul. Therefore, it was decided not to penalize Southampton for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.

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Do you think the Var officials made the right decision by not awarding Arsenal’s penalty against Southampton? Drop your opinion in the comments section below.


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