Watch: Massive VAR Controversy In Arsenal vs Man City Clash, Twitter In Disbelief | Football News

Manchester City took a big step towards retaining the Premier League title after overcoming 10-man Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday night at the Emirates. The win helped Pep Guardiola’s team move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. But the league leaders will count themselves lucky after couple of calls went their way in the match against Arsenal, including a huge VAR (Video Assistant Referee) decision that left fans on Twitter in complete disbelief.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard went down as he tried to round Man City goalkeeper Ederson. Replays showed that Ederson came in contact with Odegaard’s foot first before getting to the ball.

However, no penalty was awarded to Arsenal, much to the anger of the home fans.

“Confusing is the right word, we are looking for consistency,” said Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg.

“For me the Odegaard one is a clear penalty.”

Watch the controversial VAR decision here:

Not just Arsenal fans, but some journalists and pundits were also miffed with VAR’s decision.

Despite the poor call, Arsenal took the lead through Bukayo Saka and went into half-time holding onto the lead.

Seven minutes after the break, VAR was once again called into action after Granit Xhaka’s pull on Bernardo Silva in the box. City were awarded a penalty, and Riyad Mahrez made no mistake from the spot to draw his team level.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side as defender Gabriel Magalhaes got himself sent off for two quickfire bookings just before the hour mark.


Deep into stoppage time, Rodri scored the winner from close range, giving City an consecutive league win.

(With AFP inputs)

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