You aren’t imagining it if you think Arsenal are getting the worst of VAR, with ESPN totalling decisions to find Arsenal clear at the bottom of the table.

Arsenal vs Fulham referee and VAR decisions - Onside
Arsenal vs Fulham referee and VAR decisions – Onside

When it’s against Arsenal, a hand can be used to allow a penalty to stand but when it’s in our favour, that same body part can be used to rule one out. We’ve seen three gnat’s pube VAR decisions go against Arsenal in the last two Premier League games alone.

So, if you think you might be paranoid that VAR is out to get Arsenal, you might not be.

According to ESPN, Arsenal’s NET VAR overturn score this season is minus seven – that means when all the VAR decisions that have been overturned have been totalled up, Arsenal have had seven more go against them than go in their favour.

Burnley sit at the top of the table with plus five.

Premier League VAR Overturn Table

  1. Burnley 5
  2. Chelsea 4
  3. Everton 4
  4. Fulham 3
  5. Aston Villa 2
  6. Manchester City 2
  7. Sheffield United 2
  8. Brighton 1
  9. Crystal Palace 1
  10. Leeds 1
  11. Leicester 1
  12. Southampton 0
  13. Newcastle -1
  14. Tottenham -1
  15. West Ham -1
  16. Man United -2
  17. Wolves -3
  18. Liverpool -5
  19. West Brom -6
  20. Arsenal -7

Arsenal’s VAR overturn stats

via ESPN

Overturns: 11
Leading to goals for: 1
Disallowed goals for: 2
Leading to goals against: 1
Disallowed goals against: 1
Net goal score: -1
Subjective decisions for: 2
Subjective decisions against: 3
Net subjective score: -1
Penalties for / against: 1 / 0

Game: Aston Villa (H; Nov. 8)
Incident: John McGinn goal disallowed for offside against Ross Barkley, 1st minute – FOR

Game: Leeds (A; Nov. 22)
Incident: Nicolas Pepe sent off for headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski, 51st minute – AGAINST

Game: Burnley (H; Dec. 13)
Incident: Granit Xhaka sent off for violent conduct on Ashley Westwood, 58th minute – AGAINST

Game: Chelsea (H; Dec. 26)
Incident: Tammy Abraham goal awarded after incorrect offside, 85th minute – AGAINST

Game: Wolves (A; Feb. 2)
Incident: Bukayo Saka goal disallowed for offside in the build-up against Alexandre Lacazette, 9th minute – AGAINST

Game: Leeds (H; Feb. 14)
Incident: Penalty cancelled after Liam Cooper adjudged not to have fouled Bukayo Saka, 35th minute – AGAINST

Game: Leicester (A; Feb. 28)
Incident: Penalty cancelled as foul on Nicolas Pepe by Wilfred Ndidi deemed outside the area, 14th minute – AGAINST
Incident: Penalty awarded (scored by Alexandre Lacazette) for handball against Wilfred Ndidi, 45th minute – FOR

Game: Burnley (A; March 6)
Incident: Penalty and red card for handball against Erik Pieters cancelled, 85th minute – AGAINST

Game: Fulham (H; April 18)
Incident: Dani Ceballos goal disallowed for offside in the build-up against Bukayo Saka, 40th minute – AGAINST

This article from ESPN was obviously compiled before Arsenal’s game against Everton on Friday night when the Gunners saw yet another decision go against them to rule out a penalty because Nicolas Pepe’s arm was supposedly offside in the build-up.

This table also doesn’t take into consideration VAR calls that have been checked and not overturned, even though they are clearly incorrect calls.

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