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VAR has been a constant enemy for Arsenal all season, seeing numerous goals and decisions be turned against the Gunners in critical points of matches. ESPN has ranked them the number one team in the Premier League that has been negatively affected by VAR, with seven overturns not in favour of Mikel Arteta’s side.

 

The latest VAR crime was in the Premier League home visit of Everton, when Nicolas Pepe was controversially ruled offside in the build-up to a penalty award. This was soul crushing for the Arsenal team and fans, who thought they were going to have their best chance of taking the lead in an important game, even if it wasn’t unfamiliar technological territory.

 

Although I agree VAR is something that is incredibly unreliable and inconsistent, Arsenal supporters should not blame the woes of the season on it. Yes, VAR has taken points from Arsenal, but a lot of those games saw the side create little to nothing and there is starting to be an air of VAR getting used an excuse for bad performances.

 

VAR is a part of the game, we all know this, whether we like it or not. Arsenal need to be more clinical and efficient in the final third, so VAR is not the deciding factor of games. If the Gunners could convert their chances, the technology would not take so many points from us. That is a fact.

Arsenal’s big problems ahead of Villarreal Europa League semi-final are VAR and finishing

If the team produce the football all Arsenal supporters know they’re capable of, there should be less occasions where VAR will have such a drastic influence in the matches. They wouldn’t be grumbled over since they wouldn’t be the focus.

Arsenal is either great or poor, no in-between or consistency in the slightest. A lot of the games are particularly hard to watch with no penetrative link-up play, looking flat, being slow through the thirds and, to be completely honest, lost in at attacking sense. Fans can’t be content with blaming VAR on making one bad call during games while Arsenal has put out uninspiring football most of the 2020/2021 campaign.

 

We know VAR will screw us over, we are Arsenal. This league seems to be out to get us. This whole debate could be majorly eliminated with precise and clinical finishing, something the Gunners sorely lack and have done all term.

 

Will converting be a problem for the Villarreal fixtures? Will Arsenal get the short end of the stick from VAR again?

 

Centre-forward has been a key talking point lately, especially with such a big game coming up this week. How will Arteta pick his team? Everyone will have seen Folarin Balogun not listed in the Under-23 squad that faced Leicester on Monday, which breathed hope that he could appear against Unai Emery’s squad and inject some life and energy up front.

The question every fan is wondering is that will the Gunners be able to convert their chances, or will VAR come in and ruin the party yet again. Nothing more than a positive mindset and belief in the squad will do. Simply hit the back of the net and don’t let video technology be your undoing.

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📺 Miquel Azeez is Simply Outstanding, Watch As He Nutmegs 3 Defenders To Score A Goal

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Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

📺 Watch The Great Goal…

https://twitter.com/ArsenalAcademy/status/1392523112919486473?s=19

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Arsenal to agree deal with Italian head-coach

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Maurizio Sarri could reportedly be in line for a surprise return to Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

The Italian tactician has been out of work since being given the boot by the Serie A giants Juventus last August – in spite of guiding the Old Lady to their 36th Scudetto.

 

Sarri is understood to be eager to get back in the dugout next term, with Italian journalist Carlo Laudisa stating the 62-year-old could very well return to the English top-flight.

 

During an appearance on Radio Punto Nuovo, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist said: “Sarri could go to England.

 

“The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as [Mikel] Arteta has missed all the Gunners’ season goals.”

 

Carlo’s claim that Maurizio could return to England comes in spite of reports the veteran coach is against the idea of resuming his career abroad.

 

The former Napoli leader is reportedly concerned about upping sticks during the COVID-19 pandemic in case he is unable to return to his homeland.

 

He enjoyed success during his sole campaign in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to UEFA Europa League glory with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku.

 

If Sarri is indeed open to managing the Gunners, he’ll no doubt be keeping tabs on developments at the club over the coming weeks.

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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