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Dani Ceballos went down rather dramatically under a challenge from Richarlison and the Gunners were given a penalty.
However, VAR then intervened and judged Pepe to have been offside by his elbow in the build-up.
The Ivorian was already stood waiting to take the spot-kick and he looked bemused at the decision.
NO PENALTY! Pepe is penalised for being offside in the build-up, and the penalty is rescinded.
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Fans have reacted to the decision and they're in disbelief at VAR picking out the offside over Ceballos' theatrical fall to the ground.
Arsenal thought they had a penalty but it's been ruled out by VAR for THIS offside :point_down:
- Goal (@goal) April 23, 2021
Looking for people in this world that actually understand the offside rule under VAR pic.twitter.com/Ynd0Rgq1gb
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 23, 2021
When the timeline is kicking up a fuss about VAR, you know that football is back to normal. #ARSEVE
- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) April 23, 2021
Not 100% sure that was a pen but VAR has to go. I'd rather have the odd injustice than persist with this microscopic interference. Football is better without VAR. It's joyless.
- Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) April 23, 2021
This mathematical, game-ruining nonsense can get in all the seas, lakes and oceans. Just put VAR out of its misery. pic.twitter.com/WBAl6t6yFQ
- East Lower (@eastlower) April 23, 2021
I'm turning this game off. This VAR is getting out of hand. Killing my enjoyment in watching my team.
- RUSSAFC (@russafc) April 23, 2021
The only one onside was Vardy against arsenal. VAR isn't fair it's biased pic.twitter.com/jaoAMP1njQ
- :red_circle::white_circle::red_circle::white_circle::a:️fc_:a:️dz:red_circle::white_circle::red_circle::white_circle: (@afc_adz) April 23, 2021
Arsenal would eventually lose the game 1-0 thanks to a mistake from Bernd Leno.
Richarlison fizzed a ball into the box which Leno then spilled into his own net.
Defeat leaves Mikel Arteta's side ninth in the Premier League following a sixth home defeat of the season.
They're back in action on Thursday evening when they take on former manager Unai Emery's side Villarreal.
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