WATCH: Heavy VAR controversy in Arsenal vs Man City clash,

Manchester City took a major step towards retaining the Premier League title by defeating 10-man Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday night. The win helped Pep Guardiola’s team advance 11 points to the top of the Premier League table. But the league leader will consider himself lucky as the match against Arsenal went through a few calls, including a huge VAR (video assistant referee) decision, which left fans on Twitter in complete disbelief.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard fell down while trying to score Man City goalkeeper Ederson. Replays showed that Ederson had come into contact with Odegaard’s leg before going to the ball.

However, no penalty was awarded to Arsenal due to anger from home fans.

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

“Odegaard to me is a clear punishment.”

Here’s a look at the controversial VAR decision:

Not just Arsenal fans, some journalists and pundits were also outraged by VAR’s decision.

Despite the poor call, Arsenal took the lead through Bukayo Saka and held the lead at half-time.

Seven minutes after the break, VAR was once again called into action after Granit Xhaca pulled 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 Magalhees sent himself booking two quickfires just before the hour mark.


In stoppage time, Rodri scored the winner from close, giving City consecutive league wins.

(with AFP input)

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