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Alexandre Lacazette posts angry response after VAR denies Arsenal a penalty against Aston Villa

Alexandre Lacazette has been left fuming with VAR after he was denied a penalty in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Gunners were beaten after an early Ollie Watkins goal proved to be the only one of the match, with Mikel Arteta’s side turning in a blunt performance.

However, they seemed to have a genuine grievance when Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez appearered to haul down Lacazette in the six-yard box.

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No penalty was given and VAR did not overturn the original decision, despite it being clear that Martinez was pulling the Frenchman’s shirt.

Lacazette replied to a video of the incident on Twitter with, ‘another one’ followed by some unimpressed face emojis.

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Arsenal clearly feel that refereeing decisions are not going their way after they saw both David Luiz and Bernd Leno sent off against Wolves in midweek as they were beaten 2-1.

They also felt aggrieved that Ezri Konsa was not sent off for a foul on Bukayo Saka at Aston Villa, although the yellow card he received did seem like the right decision.

Arteta was seen to be talking angrily with the officials at the final whistle, but asked what he said to the referee, he would not be drawn, saying: ‘No, I keep that between me and them.’ Asked about the Lacazette incident he remained tight-lipped: ‘Again I prefer to stay on mute on that.’

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Former Premier League referee Peter Walton was in the BT Sport studio and provided a frustrating answer, saying VAR would not necessarily overrule an incorrect decision.

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‘First of all VAR did have a look at it, they have a silent check on every incident,’ Walton explained. ‘You could argue the goalkeeper was fouled, you could argue the goalkeeper was fouled by Lacazette.

The point is VAR is not there to get the correct decision, it is there to identify clear and obvious errors from the referee, or if the referee has missed something.

‘From a subjective point of view has Lacazette used that as an opportunity to lean on the goalkeeper? We all agree in football there’s a certain amount of physical contact allowed. We don’t want VAR looking at incidents of that nature where it’s such a subjective viewpoint.

‘Because there’s such a subjective nature to that particular offence, VAR would’ve looked at it but it didn’t reach the threshold where it’s a clear and obvious offence.’

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