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Friday, April 13, 2018

VAR would have probably chalked off Bergkamp's goal at Newcastle

By 1970's Gooner

I am glad that VAR's introduction into the PL has been put off till next year. It needs to be tried and tested a lot more than what has been attempted so far and it would have caused havoc with the enjoyment of the game by the millions round the world paying to watch it every week.

One of the greatest goals scored in the PL is undoubtedly Bergkamp's delightful pass to himself round the hapless Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas.

However looking at it again (Arsenal's away goals at Newcastle are featured on Arsenal.com) it struck me that if VAR was in operation then it would probably have been chalked off. As Bergkamp gets himself in front of Dabizas his hand is stretched behind him on the defender's chest and pushes him off.

We face an away trip to Newcastle next Sunday. We have been abysmal away from home this season amassing to what I think is the second lowest number of points on the road!

Add the fact that a lot of payers will be rested and we may have to face another disjointed and uninterested performance.

Logical prediction: defeat
Hopeful prediction : away win

3 comments:

Belve said...

I believe the goal would have stood. You are thinking Bergkamp was offside when he pushed off to get to the ball. However he had already played the ball while onside prior to the spin. That touch makes the ball the determining factor of off or onside means he is then free to play the ball without the flag going up.
It's the same as a ball being played down the channel - so long as you are onside when the ball was played, you are onside to continue.
Also short of injuries and travel, there is no real reason to rotate too much for the Newcastle match. There will be a let down but Newcastle are comfortably midtable. logical prediction should be a tepid draw with excitement at the very start and very end of the match.

Anonymous said...

Bergkamps hand fobs the other player off by pushing him back. If var was applicable then it would have disallowed that marvelous goal.

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