Arsenal suffers VAR controversy in 2-0 defeat to West Ham despite dominance

Posted : 29 December 2023

Arsenal faced VAR controversy once again in their 2-0 home defeat to West Ham United, with Tomás Soucek's 13th-minute goal sparking debate over whether the ball went out of play before Jarrod Bowen's assist. Despite a lengthy check, the goal stood, reminiscent of a similar incident in Arsenal's previous loss to Newcastle United in September.


Manager Mikel Arteta, previously charged by the Football Association for comments about a similar incident, expressed frustration at the lack of conclusive technology and emphasized the need to focus on winning games despite such challenges.


West Ham secured the victory with Konstantinos Mavropanos' 55th-minute header, leaving Arsenal missed the opportunity to claim the Premier League's top spot. Arteta, despite Arsenal's 30 shots and record-breaking 77 touches in West Ham's box, acknowledged the need to generate more scoring opportunities. The team's Expected Goals figure of 2.68 highlighted their offensive efforts, but Arteta emphasized the importance of converting chances into goals and accepting the limitations of current technology.


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Despite the defeat, Arteta commended his team's dominance and touches in the box but acknowledged that generating more opportunities and converting them into goals was crucial. Arsenal's manager expressed disappointment with the lack of clarity provided by existing technology but stressed the importance of adapting and focusing on winning games.


Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes celebrated his first league win away at a top-four side in 73 attempts, hinting at possible contract discussions as his current deal approaches its expiration at the end of the season.


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