Everyone was talking about VAR during Chelsea v Arsenal and here’s why

Boring

Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash with Arsenal was billed to be a huge game but it’s been far from that so far and fans can’t believe it.

The two sides were looking to get an advantage going into the second leg at the Emirates but neither side could find their rhythm.

Not only that, they couldn’t find many shots on target or put in a decent set piece with both sides in despair at how bad their set pieces were.

Alexandre Lacazette came closest to scoring for Arsenal while Chelsea came closest through Victor Moses but neither side really looked convincing.

That could be down to Arsenal’s rotated team with Alexis Sanchez on the bench and Mesut Ozil not in the squad.

Though, the same excuse cannot be said for Chelsea who fielded a full-strength team bar one or two players.

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We can only hope for now that the second half is a lot more lively than the first 45.

VAR

The video assistant refereeing system was brought into English football this week in both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

Safe to say, it has certainly been of interest to both clubs and footballing fans with many wrong decisions given in recent weeks.

While the system was not needed for the game between Manchester City and Bristol City, it was on one occasion at Stamford Bridge.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles ran through on goal and Victor Moses looked to have potentially caught him before he went over.

Though, the decision after close observation from the referee and a word in his ear, which decided no penalty.

While there was contact, it certainly would have been harsh to give the penalty in this situation.

Even still, it had all of social media talking about it.

Some picked up on Arsenal’s chants of ‘VAR’ while others were talking about the penalty that Eden Hazard received against Arsenal.