Arsenal angry at VAR after losing to Manchester City

LONDON: Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stueffenberg and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale asked for more consistency in the side screen display and consulted with the VAR to verify penalties, following the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in Premier League Saturday. Arsenal advanced with a goal from Bukayo Saka, and City equalized with a penalty awarded following a Granit Xhaka foul against Bernardo Silva, after seeing the shot on a sidescreen of the pitch. Rodri scored the winning goal for the champion in charge to overtime. Steuffenberg said Arsenal, who played the last half hour with ten men due to defender Gabriel being sent off, were denied a “clear penalty” after goalkeeper Ederson interfered against Martin Odegaard in the first half. . However, referee Stuart Atwell did not go to follow the shot in the sidescreen. “I think it was a clear penalty, or at least it deserved a review by the referee to verify it,” said the man who took over after coach Mikel Arteta’s absence due to his infection with COVID-19. And he added: “This happened in the second half on an opponent’s penalty, which shows the lack of consistency of the situation.” He continued: “Nonetheless, we did very well against a very strong team, playing in ten men. We are very proud of what the Arsenal team has done. Can it be compared to the beginning of the season and how we have improved now compared to what we were playing, against one of the strongest teams in the world, and we managed to compete in this way. This is something you can build on. ”Ramsdale echoed his coach’s words and said there were“ many positives ”to take advantage of after this result, even though he believed the referee should review the two penalty shots in the side screen. “My words are related to the two penalties,” said Ramsdale. There is no consistency in the decision to go to the screen and review the shot. During the game itself, the referee did not award a penalty kick, but was told to take a shot. The opponent’s penalty is unclear, but he was told to go after him and decided to count it. ”

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