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Jamie carragher says he ‘doesn’t like’ VAR anymore after Arsenal’s disallowed goal vs Aston Villa

Gary Lineker admitted he ‘doesn’t like’ VAR anymore after Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Aston Villa.

The Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat to Unai Emery’s side on Saturday as they dropped valuable points in the Premier League title race.

John McGinn’s seventh-minute strike was enough to seal all three points at Villa Park, as the West Midlands club got to within one point of second-placed Arsenal.

However, as we have so often seen in the top flight this season, the contest did not come without some controversy from VAR.
Mikel Arteta thought his side had levelled the sores in stoppage time when Kai Havertz looked to fumble the ball over the line, only for VAR to rule it out for a handball against the German.

Arsenal fans were left furious with the decision, claiming it also touched Matty Cash’s hand in the build-up.

Discussing the incident on Match of the Day, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright explained: “The ball is so close to everybody. It’s hit Matty Cash’s hand, it’s hit Havertz’s hand, but the law says it cannot hit your hand anywhere and it’s the most ridiculous law. The defenders can accidentally handball it but the forwards can’t.”
Lineker then butted in: “Why are we trying to stop goals? The people who make the laws of the game, why are they doing that? Really bizarre
It’s ridiculous,” Wright replied. “The most ridiculous law in all of law, not just football law. All law in the whole world, the multiverse and everything. Ridiculous.”

Offering his opinion on the technology, Lineker added: “I have to say I really don’t like VAR very much anymore. I was one of those that advocated for it and I actually feel quite guilty and I was definitely wrong. It’s spoiling the game.”

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