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Aaron Ramsdale blast VAR and referee Stuart Attwell after Arsenal denied penalty in controversial Man City loss



Aaron Ramsdale vs Manchester City

There was some VAR controversy in Arsenal 2-1 defeat in the hands of Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Both teams had strong penalty shouts but only the visiting team’ was checked on the pitchside monitores by referee Stuart Attwell.

After his team’s 2-1 setback against Manchester City was marred by VAR controversy, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has hit back out at Premier League officials.

After visitors goalkeeper Ederson knocked down Martin Odegaard, the Gunners had claims for a penalty waved down by official Stuart Attwell, who was not told to check his original judgement on the pitchside monitor.

However, in the second half, club midfielder Granit Xhaka tripped and hauled down Bernardo Silva, prompting VAR to review Attwell’s first decision and award City a penalty after watching a replay.

Pep Guardiola’s side equalised through Riyad Mahrez before winning in the 93rd minute through Rodri.

Aaron Ramsdale, like others Arsenal fans, was enraged after the final whistle and said: “Both of these were penalties.

“I’m not sure why the ref is instructed to look at one but not the other.

Aaron Ramsdale on Martin Odegaard Penalty

Arsenal were denied a penalty after Odegaard was taken down by Man City goalkeeper Ederson.

Arsenal were denied a penalty after Odegaard was taken down by Man City goalkeeper Ederson.

Arsenal were dismissed a penalty after Odegaard was taken down by Man City goalkeeper Ederson.

“[VAR] exists for a reason; go ahead and utilise it.” It’s the inconsistency,” continued the 23-year-old fan favourite.

“The whole idea is to assist the game; it didn’t look like one in real time, but slow it down on a screen and it’s provided.”

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton tried to explain VAR’s methodology to the Gunners on BT Sport, saying: “First and foremost, there are two distinguishing factors on both penalties.”

“On the one hand, we can all see clear evidence, thus Stuart Atwell was recommended to look, and on the other hand, it was a subjective forensically analysed choice.”

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“In terms of inconsistency with VAR, yes, there has been inconsistency with VAR in the past, and a little bit in today’s game as well,” Walton added.

“But, when you glance at those decisions, it’s highly probable that the penalty for Man City wouldn’t have been given if Xhaka hadn’t pulled his shirt.

“The shirt pull is the clear proof that the VAR needs to tell Stuart Atwell that a foul has occurred. What you must keep in mind is that the decision is made by the referee, not the VAR.

Aaron Ramsdale

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