Arsenal's recent match against Newcastle United has sparked controversy in the footballing world, with former Manchester United legend Patrice Evra defending Mikel Arteta's side.
The Gunners' unbeaten league run came to an end with a contentious defeat, leaving them currently occupying the fourth spot in the Premier League, trailing behind Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
The controversy surrounding the match escalated as both Arteta and the club itself released statements echoing their frustration with the refereeing decisions. In a response to Gary Neville, who had expressed support for VAR and the referee's call, Patrice Evra came to Arsenal's defense, stating, "Bro, I love you, Gary Neville, but Arsenal got robbed in broad daylight. The ball was out, simple."
This dispute highlights the ongoing debate surrounding VAR and the subjectivity of refereeing decisions in football. The contentious loss to Newcastle has left Arsenal and their fans disappointed, but the team must now shift their focus to the upcoming Champions League clash against Sevilla at the Emirates. Securing a top spot in the group stage would be crucial for Arsenal, potentially helping them avoid formidable opponents in the Round of 16.