Emery fumes at VAR decision, Xhaka’s reaction to jeers

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Unai Emery had plenty of reasons to be angry after Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead and saw a goal taken off the board at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners drew Crystal Palace 2-2 after going up via goals by Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz in the first nine minutes of play.

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Sokratis looked to have solved the Palace defense late, but VAR saw a seemingly phantom foul from Calum Chambers in the build-up that left many — hand raised — questioning what just happened.

From Football.London:

“We need to respect the decision, which was amazing,” Emery said. “Last match here against Bournemouth, they didn’t check for a clear penalty on Pepe and at Sheffield on Sokratis. … VAR is positive but at the moment it is not working well. I think we deserved to win this evening. Only I can be disappointed about not controlling the match better.”

Another moment that might’ve had Emery fuming was Granit Xhaka‘s departure in the 60th minute.

The captain was jeered by the home fans as he walked off for a substitute, motioning to and cussing at the Emirates Stadium faithful.

“He was wrong,” Emery said. “We need to stay calm, speak to him internally about that. We are working with the club and the players to play under pressure … We are going to speak with him because the reaction was wrong. We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticizing us.”

More to come there, for sure, given the tempestuous relationship between the Swiss midfielder and his club’s supporters.