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ARS VS AVL: How VAR Review Changed The Center Referee's Decision To Favour Arsenal

The Video Assistant Referee called the center Referee to review a penalty decision towards the last minute of the game in the week 9 match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirate Stadium.

The week 9 English premier league started with an entertaining match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Friday night. It was one of Arsenal best performance in this season English premier league.

Gunners started the game with high intensity and dominated Aston Villa for the whole 90 minutes. Arsenal controlled the midfield perfectly with Thomas Partey, Smith Rowe and Lokonga partnership.

Thomas Partey could have scored the first goal for Arsenal in the first 15 minutes of the game but the woodwork rescued Aston Villa. The Ghanaian International later scored from the set piece in the 23rd minutes of the game.

The former Atletico Madrid star scored from a beautiful header that gave Martinez no chance to save. Partey played an important role in ensuring the Gunners bounced back to victory.

A controversial decision by the VAR have generated several reactions and according to one of the Skysports pundits Jamie Carragher, it was a wrong decision to award a penalty to Arsenal.

The Center Referee's initial decision was overturned after the VAR called him to review the incident. From the review and the several reshow we saw, the Aston Villa player clearly played the ball but due to Lacazzete simulation, the penalty was awarded to Arsenal.

The Referee's initial decision not to award the penalty should have stand because it was not a foul challenge on the Arsenal striker.

Captained Aubameyang stepped up to the penalty challenge but Emiliano Martinez was clever with a save. Aubameyang scored from the rebound to double the lead for Arsenal.

Arsenal started the second half of the game with higher intensity from the attack. A brilliant counter attack secured the victory for Arsenal in the 56th minutes of the game through Smith Rowe.

Aston Villa scored a consolation goal in the 81 minutes of the game through Jacob Ramsey. It was a brilliant goal from the Aston Villa star who gave Ramsdale no chance to save the ball.

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