VAR IS STILL A JOKE
One thing that the extended break from football hasn’t been able to fix is the absolute calamity of the VAR system that continues to plague the game. It didn’t take long for the first VAR shocker since the restart to rear its head … just 44 minutes. Aston Villa Oerjan Nyland stumbled back into his own goal with the ball actually touching the net. It may go down in history as the first time that the ball has actually touched the net but been disallowed for no other reason than the referee and VAR couldn’t see it??? Some will say it was the goal line technology at fault but VAR could have overruled it.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: We are all for the VAR system in principle, it just needs some common sense application. Last night was yet another example of the absence of this. If Sheffield United narrowly miss out on a historic Champions League place because of this, there will be some serious questions being asked.
LUIZ COSTS ARSENAL THE GAME
It took VAR 44 minutes to make its first major error and Arsenal’s David Luiz even less to make his. Luiz had come on for injured Pablo Mari in the 24th minute but was guilty of costing his team the opening goal just 22 minutes later when he failed to control an innocuous ball from Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne, letting Raheem Sterling in for the goal. Things went from bad to worse for Luiz early in the second half when he conceded a penalty and received a red card for pulling Sterling back in the box.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Luiz is a major liability and has been for a long time. He is far too inconsistent to belong in the Premier League. It’s unlikely we will see him back in an Arsenal shirt for a while.
SOME THINGS DID WORK THOUGH …
The simulated fan noise helped to relieve the emptiness of the stadium and the gimmick worked. At times things felt almost normal, even though they weren’t. Players taking a knee just before kick-off was also a nice touch and show of unity. Man City’s big screen with live fans on Zoom also added to the atmosphere. One other observation … could we have some common sense regarding drinks breaks? Players got two drinks breaks but managers and coaches were wearing coats! It couldn’t have been that hot??
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Great job overall by the EPL in putting on a decent show under the circumstances.
VAR IS STILL A JOKE