Arsenal fans fume as VAR dismisses ‘obvious’ handball by Burnley’s Erik Pieters

Burnley vs Arsenal

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off played out a short time ago.

Said tie saw Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor.

The Clarets do have a pretty dismal record against the ‘big six’, but they would actually beat the Gunners at the Emirates earlier this season.

It would be Arsenal who opened the scoring on Saturday, though.

Some excellent work by Thomas Partey led to the African playing in Willian, who would slip in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the hitman cut in on his favoured left side and beat Nick Pope at his near post:

In typical Arsenal fashion, though, Mikel Arteta’s side were unable to capitalise on their early dominance and were eventually punished.

An absolutely comical error from Granit Xhaka handed Sean Dyche’s side an equaliser shortly before the break when the Swiss international smashed the ball off Chris Wood, with the deflection beating Bernd Leno to level things up:

Arsenal fans unhappy with VAR

Following the  Burnley equaliser, Arsenal were unable to take a real hold of the game again and in the end, Mikel Arteta’s side were forced to settle for a point.

Neither side created any clear-cut chances for the remainder of the game.

However, Arsenal did look to have a fairly obviously penalty shout waved away by both the referee and then VAR.

Nicolas Pepe made his way into the Burnley box where he eventually kicked the ball in the direction of defender, Erik Pieters.

And, as shown below, Pieters quite clearly had his arm stretched out, with Pepe’s pass being blocked by the stopper:

Andre Marriner did not blow for a penalty at the time, but Arsenal fans were no doubt expecting a VAR review to award them a spot-kick.

However, the check didn’t look to last more than 30 seconds, with play continuing and no penalty awarded.

This has understandably caused quite a stir on social media amongst Arsenal fans.

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