Love it hate it, VAR seems to be here to stay in the Premier League – but there’s no denying that certain clubs have benefitted from the newly implemented technology far more than others.
Arsenal, Wolves, West Ham and Norwich have been on the wrong end of some harsh VAR decisions this season, which has left the four clubs a combined total of 20 points worse off.
Manchester United, Brighton, Leicester and Liverpool have been the big beneficiaries of the Video Assistant Referee, racking up an extra 21 points between them thus far.
Had VAR not been introduced, Arsenal would actually be three points ahead of the Red Devils, rather than four points behind.
The Gunners were rescued by a decision review during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in December, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was given after being initially chalked off for offside despite him being two-yards onside.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had no less than three VAR decisions go in their favour during their 2-0 win away to Chelsea on Monday night.
Harry Maguire was lucky to avoid being sent off for kicking Michy Batshuayi in an incident which was reviewed but no action was taken.
Tottenham were awarded a penalty by VAR in their 3-2 win against Aston Villa last weekend
Olivier Giroud looked dejected after VAR denied him a goal against Manchester United
Frank Lampard’s side had not one but two goals disallowed, the first particularly harshly when Cesar Azpilicueta was adjudged to have pushed Brandon Williams, despite the Chelsea man having been shoved into his opponent by Fred.
Olivier Giroud thought he had pulled a goal back late on, only for VAR to correctly rule it out as his foot was beyond the last United defender when the cross came in.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off against Crystal Palace after a VAR review
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