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Aston Villa left the capital empty-handed after twice going ahead against Arsenal.
Goals from John McGinn and Wesley Moraes saw Villa leading 1-2 at the Emirates with just nine minutes remaining. Callum Chambers then capitalised on a Tyrone Mings mistake to fire the home side level before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted his curling free-kick after being tripped by Bjorn Engels.
But it was another refereeing decision that had Aston Villa fans talking as they travelled back to B6.
With Villa chasing the game at 3-2 Hourihane’s effort was blocked by Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ rising arm sparking outrage from Dean Smith and his players.
Match of the Day 2 pundit Danny Murphy described it as a ‘blatant penalty’ and for the second away game running Dean Smith can feel hard done by.
Away at Crystal Palace, Jack Grealish burst into the box and went down under Gary Cahill after laying it off Henri Lansbury.
Lansbury fired it home into the bottom corneronly for Kevin Friend to pull back play, accusing Grealish of diving in the build-up.
The result against Arsenal means Villa remain in the relegation zone one point behind Newcastle in 17th and Villa fans are losing patience with VAR.
@iamvilla: If only we could invent some sort of video technology that could have a little look at things like this. #VAR is a joke! #AVFC
@AloofSeriously: @fa must think we’re all stupid. Anyone with eyes can see it’s a stone wall penalty. #VAR is ruining football not making it fairer. #AVFC have been on the wrong end of two shocking decisions recently.
@TheFace34: I never in my wildest dreams believed the @fa and @premierleague could c*** up #VAR as much as they have…It can work but not the way the have implemented it…Here I was thinking it will correct the wrong decisions, how wrong was I?
@AVFCchats: First Lansbury’s disallowed goal then the hand ball yesterday. VAR really does hate us. #AVFC
@AFranklin_AVFC: The depressing thing is, as soon as it happened, I expected nothing. I wasn’t even hopeful that VAR may just give us something – I knew straight away that nothing would be given. The system is getting worse week by week #AVFC
@UpTheVilla_AVFC: He so clearly moves his arm to the ball and it hits it at the top under the shoulder . Refs and var are so useful . 4 points gone because of them #AVFC
@TheTremontiPick: What is VAR for? What is handball? I have no idea anymore. #AVFC
@richardatuite: I’m all for VAR but the fact it wasn’t used for this yesterday is a disgrace. Twice now we’ve been stung, I thought it was brought in to stop injustice. Still I’m disgusted with our collapse against 10 men #avfc
@simonlines: My last point on today’s game is this; Can someone tell me the point of VAR when the referee controlling VAR can’t find the balls to overturn a key decision? The handball at the end was a penalty, simple. No point in VAR being used if we are going to ignore it. #avfc
@JackMills15: 2 decisions have cost us points already this season… ‘that goal’ vs Palace and a stonewall penalty against Arsenal… where is VAR when it’s needed? 2 points can be the difference between staying up and going down. #PL #AVFC @AVFCOfficial @premierleague