Newcastle United handed Arsenal their first Premier League defeat of the season with a 1-0 win on Saturday.
The decisive goal, netted by Anthony Gordon in the 64th minute, emerged from a contentious second-half play that involved an extended VAR review.
The review, lasting four minutes and six seconds, aimed to determine if the ball went out of bounds, assess any potential fouls during the build-up and ascertain offside positions.
This nail-biting scrutiny left Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, seething with frustration.
Gordon’s goal was the result of a close-range shot past Arsenal’s goalkeeper, David Raya, during a goal-mouth scramble.
“It’s embarrassing what happened, how this goal stands,” Arteta told reporters.
“In the Premier League – this league that we say is the best in the world. I’ve been 20 years in this country and now I feel ashamed. It’s a disgrace,” he added.
Newcastle, who are unbeaten in their last seven league matches,climb to the sixth position in the league with 20 points after 11 games.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, who experienced their first goalless match in all competitions this season, currently hold the third position with 24 points, trailing leaders Manchester City by three points.
Dazzling Doku drives Man City to 6-1 win over Bournemouth
Manchester City winger Jeremy Doku had a remarkable performance, scoring a goal and contributing to two more within just seven first-half minutes.
He continued his excellence in the second period, providing two additional assists, as Manchester City defeated Bournemouth 6-1, securing their position at the top of the Premier League on Saturda.
While Bernardo Silva also netted twice, it was Doku’s dazzling attacking display that truly stood out, paving the way for a commanding victory by the home side, despite losing their star striker, Erling Haaland, to injury at halftime.
After a cautious start in the opening half-hour, Pep Guardiola’s squad finally broke through when Doku executed a slick one-two with Rodri on the edge of the box, finding the back of the net.
Just three minutes later, Doku’s mesmerizing footwork left the Bournemouth defense in disarray as he set up Silva for the second goal.
In the 37th minute, his left-footed shot was deflected into the net by his teammate Manuel Akanji.
The visiting team believed they had narrowed the deficit shortly after the second half commenced, but Dominic Solanke’s attempt was disallowed following a VAR review, which revealed that winger Ryan Christie was in an offside position.
Doku persisted in his attacks on the visiting defense, and in the 64th minute, he provided the assist for Foden, who finished from close range to extend the score to 4-1.
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Bournemouth’s Luis Sinisterra managed to find the net for the Cherries, but City secured the win with a fantastic chipped goal by Silva and a diving header by Ake.
This victory propelled City to the top of the table with 27 points, just one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who are set to face Chelsea on Monday.