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Arsenal vs Fulham

Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Arsenal and Fulham go head-to-head.

After a fairly inconsistent season, the Gunners have little left to play for in the league this term, with a top-six finish looking extremely unlikely.

So, with Arsenal now in the semi-finals of the Europa League, that is likely now their best chance of securing European football for next season.

And that is seemingly also Mikel Arteta’s thought process, after he rested a number of key players on Sunday, with Bernd Leno and Thomas Partey both dropped to the bench.

VAR making headlines again

Despite missing some key players, Arsenal had a fairly decent opening 45 minutes against Fulham, who were in desperate need of a win after Newcastle picked up a huge three points on Saturday to further extend their lead over Scott Parker and co.

Arsenal would head in at the break still searching for an opener after Dani Ceballos saw his headed effort ruled out after VAR judged Bukayo Saka to be offside in the build-up.

NO GOAL! Saka’s toe was just offside and VAR intervened. It’s the tightest of margins and Fulham survive!

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— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 18, 2021

The decision, though, has since earned a fair bit of attention on social media because of how tight the call was, with Saka hardly even offside.

And given that VAR cannot pinpoint the exact second the ball leaves a player’s feet/head, ruling out said call by such small margins really does not make a lot of sense.

Arsenal fans have been particularly vocal about VAR following the goal, as shown in the below tweets.

But even Fulham moved to poke fun at the system on Twitter:

VAR intervenes, and an offside toenail keeps the score level.

🔴 0-0 🤍 | #ARSFUL https://t.co/amI0E9POlp

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) April 18, 2021

If they scrapped VAR tomorrow, literally nobody would miss it.

It’s absurd.

— arseblog (@arseblog) April 18, 2021

I loathe VAR with a venomous rage bordering on murderous. pic.twitter.com/Jj0gqXteIz

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 18, 2021

Offsides like this can’t be decided by VAR. Saka’s toe is millimetres off and Lacazette is still making contact with the ball.

Who’s to say Saka wouldn’t be on before the ball leaves Laca’s head? The technology isn’t accurate enough to make this call. https://t.co/FAPYj49A4O

— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) April 18, 2021

Arteta testing the squad depth with Elneny & Bellerin
Farcical decision from the VAR again. The goal would have been allowed if Saka had put on a smaller size of shoes

— Don Draper (@arsenalbarclays) April 18, 2021

Offside 🙄🤦‍♂‍ pic.twitter.com/sEH2l7KijR

— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) April 18, 2021

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