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Mikel Arteta angered by VAR decision to overturn penalty as Arsenal slump to Everton defeat

Mikel Arteta lamented another VAR decision that went against his side as Arsenal were denied a penalty via a contentious call during their 1-0 home defeat to Everton.

An error from Bernd Leno saw the Gunners slip to a frustrating loss on an evening where home fans marched on the Emirates Stadium to protest against the club’s owners. The action on the pitch did not rival the pre-match protests, which included fireworks that were missing for large parts of the match itself.

Arsenal was awarded a penalty in the second period when Dani Ceballos went to the ground after a challenge from Richarlison but the decision was overturned after a VAR check ruled Nicolas Pepe was offside in the build-up.

“This has been building up. Enough is enough. Today I have had enough,” said an irate Arteta. “We’ve had many of them that nobody explains. It affects a lot of people, our job and most importantly our football club.

Nicolas Pepe hands the ball back to referee Jon Moss after the VAR call
Image:Nicolas Pepe hands the ball back to referee Jon Moss after the VAR call

“What they [the match officials] do is behind the telephone. That’s what I cannot understand.

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