Arsenal fell victim to a VAR line blunder AGAIN and Everton wouldn’t have been able to complain if Martinelli’s goal had stood

I don’t think there would have been any complaints if Gabriel Martinelli’s disallowed goal had been in the first half.

defender Gabriel’s The pass deflected off Beto before reaching Eddie Nketiah.

Gabriel Martinelli had a goal disallowed against Everton


Gabriel Martinelli had a goal disallowed against EvertonPhoto credit: Reuters
The VAR lines were not parallel to check if Nketiah was offside


The VAR lines were not parallel to check if Nketiah was offsidePhoto credit: Sky Sports

The Everton striker did not intentionally touch the ball and as Nketiah was offside in the build-up, the VAR ruled that the goal should be disallowed.

At the time, I actually thought that Martinelli was the one who was punished and that the officials might have hidden behind the law when making the decision.

The law states that a player who is in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched will only be penalized if he becomes involved in active play by disrupting play by causing a Plays or touches a ball played or touched by a teammate.

It eventually became clear that it was Nketiah, but the VAR lines were not parallel and to make an informed judgment they had to be parallel, which was not the case.

It’s not the first time Arsenal have felt they were being disadvantaged by the VAR.

Last season the lines to check whether a Brentford goal was offside were not drawn up, costing the Gunners two points.

Halsey told SunSport: “Whether it’s an offside position, a foul during play in front of goal or an accidental handball by the goalscorer – the VAR has to take all aspects into account.”


“At the time it looked like it was offside, but it wasn’t clear from the footage because the cameras didn’t look like they were parallel to the play.”

The decision proved academic on Sunday as Arsenal secured an away win at Everton.

Leandro Trossard’s second-half strike was enough to secure all three points for the Gunners.


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