The ex-Arsenal midfielder has bemoaned the fact that the VAR check on Eddie Nketiah’s 90th minute winner killed the emotion of what could be a season-changing moment for the Gunners.

The VAR angle not shown on Sky at the time showed Zinchenko was just onside

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has slammed VAR for “killing the emotion” of the Gunners last-gasp winner against Manchester United on Sunday.

After a thrilling encounter where the lead swung both ways, Mikel Arteta’s men secured a famous victory courtesy of a 90th minute winner from Eddie Nketiah who was on hand to guide the ball home after Martin Odegaard’s shot deflected into his path. However, as with every goal scored nowadays, the strike was subject to a VAR check.

Considering how high the stakes were, those inside the Emirates were left on the edge of their seats while the team of officials in Stockley Park mulled over whether both Nketiah and Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko had strayed offside.

The goal-scorer was swiftly given the all-clear, but for those watching on at home there was still confusion surrounding whether Zinchenko was offside before played the ball into the feet of Odegaard.

This is because Sky Sports only showed the check on Nketiah, leaving viewers in the dark over Zinchenko’s contribution.

Following an anxious two minutes or so, Anthony Taylor pointed to the centre circle to award the goal, but Petit has slammed the saga and suggested it took the emotion out of the moment.

Speaking to the Sporting Post, the ex-Gunner was asked whether the VAR check impact the celebrations, to which he claimed: “Of course! I was sitting close to a screen (to see the replay) and I thought Zinchenko was offside! We were all nervous about the possible offside.

“VAR… it kills emotion all the time. You have to wait for 30 seconds for the decision and you don’t know whether to celebrate or not – it’s no longer spontaneous. I think football is about emotion. You want to celebrate but now you have to wait. I really don’t like it.

“As a fan I don’t like it, but if I was a player… well you just stand on the pitch waiting and they tell you if it’s a goal or not? I know football and rules have to change, but it’s going too far for me – you’re killing the emotion.”


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