Ex-Arsenal and West Ham ace Matt Upson blasts offside rule after Lacazette goal

Former Premier League defender Matthew Upson is calling for the offside rule to be “reviewed” following more VAR controversy.

Alexandre Lacazette scored the winner for Arsenal against West Ham with VAR overturning the decision after the linesman had originally put his flag up against Mesut Ozil.

It was another close call by the video assistant with Lacazette’s goal the only one of the game as the Gunners won 1-0 at the Emirates.

And, with VAR regularly being scrutinised for offside decisions, Upson wants the rule to be reviewed.

The former Arsenal and West Ham star said: “The offside rule isn't ready for this level of scrutiny. There has to be a margin.

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“There are too many moving parts in the game to function to that degree of detail. It just doesn't make sense to me. The offside rule needs to be reviewed.

“This is a harsh lesson for West Ham. You have to say they have not deserved to lose this afternoon.

“Their away performance has been set up brilliantly by David Moyes. They have just conceded that one goal and created enough chances themselves.

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“They will look back at the game and think they should have scored an away goal.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left wondering why VAR took so long to make the decision to award Lacazette’s goal.

He said: ““When it was disallowed I said ‘that’s fine’, then my staff said it was a goal and it dragged on so I wasn’t very positive but it was a goal and I’m very happy with VAR tonight.

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“We had some really good individual performances at the back. I’m really happy because big teams find a way and we did that.

“We’re turning the corner in terms of results and what I want to see.

"That ship still has to turn a few times but there are positives we can take.”

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