Arteta’s VAR frustrations

The frustrations of Arsenal’s season came to a head not only in the form of protests before the game against Everton but in the post-match press conference when Mikel Arteta condemned the VAR system saying he had ‘had enough.’

“Well, this is because it is building up and enough is enough, and today, to be fair, I had enough,” said Arteta.

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A view of the VAR system pitch side during the Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

“We have had many of them, and no one explains. When they explain, they say, ‘sorry, it was a mistake’ but unfortunately it is affecting a lot of people, and it is affecting our job and most importantly our football club.”

The two key decisions which went against Arsenal were for a penalty call on Ceballos where Pepe was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build up. Then the second where Richarlison was deemed a hairsbreadth onside in the lead up to Leno’s howler.

A different VAR, a different result?

ESPN’s Dale Johnson has been the man on social media to cover all the ongoing  controversy regarding VAR this season.

Johnson believes that had a different VAR official been in place they may have come up with a different result.

The case for the prosecution. Both these offside decisions were done by the same VAR.

They would not happen with every VAR.

— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) April 23, 2021

Arguably the system should not be used if the correct result cannot be guaranteed. Until software is available to do so, the outcome is frustration and anger towards the officials which are limited by their own chance of error.

A semi-automatic system is being developed and will hopefully come into play soon.

This is why the upcoming semi-automated offside is going to be so, so, so crucial.

It will remove all the subjectivity of the VAR plotting points on players. And it will transform the fan experience.

— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) April 23, 2021

However, for Arsenal and their season, the result has left the pressure all on Arteta and the Europa League.

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