Patrice Evra has hit back at Gary Neville on Instagram by claiming that Arsenal were ‘robbed’ during their 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday at St James’ Park.
Many Arsenal fans, including manager Mikel Arteta, were fuming at the decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s goal to stand.
But on Sky Sports, Gary Neville was adamant that the ‘right’ decision was made, with two big talking points, including if the ball went out of play and whether Joelinton fouled Gabriel – Ian Wright and Dermot Gallagher argued about the matter.
Arsenal got some sympathy from Patrice Evra who responded to Gary Neville in the comments section of Sky Sports’ Instagram post by telling his former teammate that Arsenal were ‘robbed in daylight’.
Not only did Mikel Arteta fume after the full-time whistle against Newcastle United, but the club itself also released a statement backing their manager’s comments.
So, Arsenal, regardless of the outside noise, have made their feelings clear and they have got some support from Patrice Evra with the following comments.
Newcastle United-Arsenal VAR controversy
“Bro, I love you (Gary Neville), but Arsenal got robbed in daylight,” said Evra. “The ball was out simple.”
Foul on Gabriel
In regards to whether the ball went out or not, the issue is that the cameras couldn’t conclusively tell if the ball was in play.
But Joelinton’s push on Gabriel was there for all to see and that in itself should have overturned the on-field call.
Either way, it’s VAR taking the headlines for the wrong reasons once again, with Howard Webb probably already preparing an apology ahead of next week’s fixtures.
That Newcastle win was also huge because it ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run and it will allow Tottenham to possibly open a five-point lead on their north London rivals if they beat Chelsea on Monday night.