After receiving a clear view of a possible red card foul on Arsenal defender Tomiyasu in the first half of the game, both the VAR and the referee chose not to dismiss Everton right back Ben Godfrey. This decision has been heavily criticized.
Because it was a clear foul, this VAR decision against Arsenal could be considered one of the worst in the English Premier League this season. However, we will demonstrate why the VAR was correct in not awarding the Everton defender a red card.
Arsenal made significant changes to their starting lineup, with players such as Xhaka, Tierney, Lacazzete, and Martinelli taking the reins at the head of the squad. Both teams put on an entertaining first half performance, but Arsenal was the more convincing team when it came to ball control.
However, due to their terrible performance, Everton's fans were forced to leave the stadium before the completion of the first half. In response to the VAR's decision not to show Everton defender Ben Godfrey a red card despite having a clear picture of the play, there have been various harsh reactions.
According to the VAR review, it was determined that Tomiyasu was fouled unintentionally and that Ben Godfrey was not looking in the direction in which he was putting his foot down when the foul occurred. Because the review demonstrates everything, the foul was not committed on purpose.
Martin Odegaard, who was outstanding from the start of the game until the end of the first half, scored Arsenal's first goal of the game. Arsenal went on to win the match 1-0.
Premier League leaders Arsenal maintained their great streak against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs, putting them one point ahead of the Red Devils in the league table following the result.
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