“We apologize, Gunners. West Ham shouldn’t have been given a goal.”- PGMOL apologizes for the failure of VAR and asks Mikel Arteta to refrain from making fun of them like he did against Newcastle.
PGMOL acknowledged that when Arsenal lost to West Ham, who was vying for first place, VAR was not applied. The decision to continue play was made on the pitch because it was impossible to tell from the angles available at Stockley Park whether the ball was still in play during the build-up to Tomas Soucek’s opening goal.
Although supporters of Arsenal insisted that Jarrod Bowen had not kept the ball, their mood soured when former Gunners striker Konstantinos Mavropanos headed in a header from James Ward-Prowse to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory. Mikel Arteta’s team was now two points behind Liverpool in second place.
Arsenal supporters accepted Arsene Wenger’s “I didn’t see it” explanation as valid each time he made it. Nonetheless, home supporters showed little desire to discount VAR using the same fallacy.