Gary Neville makes clear Tottenham dig at Arsenal amid VAR backlash in Newcastle defeat


Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has used Tottenham to make a cheeky dig at Arsenal following their defeat to Newcastle over the weekend. The clash was embroiled in controversy regarding officiating once again, with VAR coming under the spotlight.

The first incident saw Kai Havertz lunge in for a challenge on the byline, with the referee opting to give out a yellow card to the midfielder. A VAR check determined that it was a reckless challenge but not dangerous, however there were plenty of Newcastle protests and a few heated moments between players.

Tensions only rose further in the following minutes as Bruno Guimaraes missed an initial challenge before lunging into Jorginho with his forearm and elbow. The Italian was furious with the move, but another VAR check determined there was no foul play or violent conduct at hand.

The game had few moments at either goal mouth until the second half, where an opener for the Magpies would draw yet more controversy. Joe Willock seemingly kept the ball in play, though that was later debated, with a cross finding Joelinton, who was claimed to have fouled Gabriel, for Anthony Gordon to score a simple tap-in despite claims of offside.

All three incidents were checked and with no clear evidence to rule out any of them, the goal was given to Newcastle that won them the match. Mikel Arteta was furious after the match and a club statement backed up the outcry from the manager in the day that followed.

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The result means that Arsenal have slightly slipped behind rivals Manchester City and Tottenham, with the latter still having a game in hand that will be played on Monday night. In annoyance, one Arsenal fan even called for pundits Neville and Jamie Carragher to be banned from the Emirates Stadium.

With the former looking to play off it with a joke, he replied: "To be fair with Spurs top now we will be coming less anyway." It was a clear dig, if not slightly inaccurate as Spurs will have to beat Chelsea in their game in hand to reclaim that top spot from City with a slight points buffer. Arsenal WhatsApp channel

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