Arsenal assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale criticized the “inconsistency” surrounding the referees who came to the VAR field monitor after they lost 2-1 to Manchester City on Saturday.
Martin Odegaard was brought down by Ederson in the area during the first half and while the VAR did watch the incident, referee Stuart Atwell was told not to look at the screen as it was impossible to say definitively that Ederson did not touch the ball.
Arsenal received a corner instead of a penalty for Atwell’s decision on the field.
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However, Arsenal players and coaches were upset when Atwell decided to consult the monitor to award City a penalty after Granit Xhaka was judged to have knocked down Bernardo Silva in the area.
“It’s a shame, but I’m looking for consistency,” Stuivenberg said, replacing Mikel Arteta, who tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have the VAR in place, so why not examine yourself as a referee? That didn’t happen, so it’s disappointing.”
Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale said: “I’m basing it on both penalties – the inconsistency of going to the screen, the referee could have immediately ruled it out when he looked at it.
“But it’s the fact that he went to look at it. Both in real time said there is no penalty, but they only tell him to look at one. His was soft but they tell him to look and he has given it.”
“I’m on the other side of the field for our penalty call. The goalkeeper comes out with his foot and I catch him or the ball. Bernardo’s, he planted it and it is given to him.
“Penalties are penalties, but they tell us to look at the screen.”
Arsenal took an early lead through Bukayo Saka before Riyad Mahrez leveled the score on the Xhaka incident penalty. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when Gabriel was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in two minutes.
Then City scored a goal in overtime through Rodri to secure their 11th consecutive victory.