Arsenal and Everton fans agree VAR got major Nicolas Pepe decision wrong

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Arsenal and Everton fans are in agreement that VAR got a major decision involving Nicolas Pepe wrong.

The Gunners suffered another disappointing evening as Everton secured a 1-0 win through Richarlison's strike deflecting off Bernd Leno, putting them three points off a European spot.

Carlo Ancelotti was left sweating on the decision, though, as Stockley Park looked back on the Brazilian's position when he received the ball to check if he was offside.

While it went in the visitor's favour, the same could not be said for Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe 20 minutes earlier.

The Ivorian went down in the penalty box from a tackle by Allan, earning a penalty from referee Jon Moss.

But VAR official David Coote looked back at the position of Pepe, who had played the ball across the penalty box for the Spaniard to hit.

And he judged that the forward was offside by an elbow against the last Everton defender.

Fans of both sides, though, believed that the wrong decision had been reached.

"We're back and, as per, VAR is rubbish," one Gunners supporter said.

Famous Arsenal fan Piers Morgan commented: "VAR is such a crock of s***."

While a third held nothing back, with: "I’m convinced that the person in charge at VAR HQ has a negative number of brain cells."

But Everton fans also believed that Coote had got the decision wrong.

One added: "As an Everton fan that's an absolutely ridiculous VAR decision.

"It's soft as he's hardly touched him, but being millimetres offside isn't a "clear and obvious" error. We've got lucky there."

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  • Another commented: "How did VAR give that?!"

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    While there no fans in the ground, hundreds protested outside it against owner Stan Kroenke.

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