The specter of VAR loomed large over the Emirates once again, as a string of contentious decisions during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth sparked outrage and reignited calls for the technology to be scrapped.

Both sides found themselves embroiled in VAR controversies, with Bournemouth left particularly aggrieved by a disallowed goal in the second half. After Antoine Semenyo bundled home the rebound from Ryan Christie’s shot, the Cherries’ celebrations were cut short as Dominic Solanke was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper David Raya in the build-up.

While the contact appeared minimal, the decision left Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola and his players incensed. Arsenal legend Ian Wright and even Piers Morgan were left unconvinced, highlighting the contentious nature of the call.

Social media users echoed these sentiments, criticizing the Premier League’s implementation of VAR and its tendency to dissect seemingly innocuous challenges, often sucking the spontaneity out of the game.

Adding fuel to the fire was a first-half incident where Christie escaped a red card for a high tackle on Bukayo Saka. VAR deemed the challenge reckless but not dangerous enough for a dismissal, further fueling the narrative of inconsistency surrounding the video review system.

Despite the VAR drama, Arsenal ultimately secured a comfortable victory thanks to goals from Saka, Trossard, and Rice. However, the lingering controversy over the disallowed goal served as a stark reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding VAR and its often disruptive influence on the Premier League.

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