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Arsenal goal named among six VAR errors in Premier League this season

Arsenal’s disallowed goal in the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford in September is one of six mistakes made by VAR in the Premier League this campaign, according to reports.

Gabriel Martinelli’s early goal against the Red Devils was ruled out after VAR intervention as Martin Odegaard’s challenge on Christian Eriksen was deemed a foul and highlighted to referee Paul Tierney.

However, ESPN claim that an independent panel, which consists of three former players, plus one representative for the Premier League and PGMOL, reviewed the decision and that it was a mistake to rule out the goal.

‘In my opinion, it’s never a foul,’ Odegaard said of the decision after Arsenal’s Premier League defeat to United. ‘The referee sees it and plays play on.

‘It’s a soft challenge and for VAR to come in it has to be clear and obvious. That’s been said a lot of times.

‘On the camera, you can always make it look a little bit worse, but, for me, that was never a foul so it’s frustrating.’

Chelsea, meanwhile, benefitted from a VAR mistake as Maxwel Cornet’s equaliser for West Ham at Stamford Bridge was incorrectly ruled out for Bowen’s challenge on Edouard Mendy in the build up.

Douglas Luiz’s red card for violent conduct against Fulham striker Mitrovic was also among the six VAR errors, and Aston Villa were able to get the player’s three-game ban overturned.

Elsewhere, Tyrick Mitchell’s own goal, which was ruled out for a foul in the build-up by Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock on Crystal Palace keeper Vicente Guaita, has been another VAR mistake picked up by the panel.

Brentford’s penalty against Nottingham after Dean Henderson’s foul on Yoane Wissa is now considered a VAR error.

Meanwhile, Lucas Digne’s handball which conceded a penalty in Aston Villa’s defeat to Crystal Palace in August has also been ruled as a VAR error.

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