February 24, 2024

Arsenal controversially went 1-0 down against Newcastle United after Anthony Gordon’s goal was given following three separate VAR checks.

Anthony Gordon gave Newcastle the early lead at St. James’ Park, cutting Arsenal’s lead to one. Before determining that the goal may stand, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) carried out three independent reviews.

Jorginho, Declan Rice and William Saliba of Arsenal look dejected as Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park

The first thing to look at was if Gordon had turned the ball into the back of the Gunners’ net before it had left play. In order to determine whether Joelinton may have fouled Gabriel Magalhaes for pushing his arms into the Arsenal defender’s back during a ball challenge, another inspection was made.

Whether Gordon was offside when he received the ball and fired past David Raya was the third and last thing to verify. VAR determined that there was insufficient proof to support the goal was awarded due to either the ball being out of play or Joelinton handling the ball when challenging Gabriel for a header.

the fact that the ball was out of play or if Joelinton had han”[Out of play check] Well he’s just gone up front Gordon, they think it’s gone out, but… it’s close, it’s very, very close,” stated Gary Neville during a live commentary. But the objective itself is undeniable.

“Raya makes a mess underneath it, and while Gabriel may be complaining about being shoved in the back, I don’t see anything wrong with it. [Foul on Gabriel check] I just think Gabriel bends forward to head the ball and stoops down and misses it. That’s not a free kick for me, Joelinton.

“I’m not having that one at all; it’s a natural leap for the ball. [Offside check] Please notify me when they challenged Gabriel for a header, they completed, and as a result, the goal was awarded.

“I’m done, I’m finished with this. To ensure that it is not a shove, Gabriel has moved forward to head the ball and has thrown his legs into Joelinton.

“I’m not sure if he’s onside now. I am completely clueless. The Stockley Park VAR just requested more time, and they were granted it.”

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