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Arteta: VAR blunder not 'human error' but 'not understanding your job'

Mikel Arteta accused VAR Lee Mason of "not understanding" his job after the official allowed Brentford's late equaliser against his Arsenal side to stand, when it should have been ruled out for offside.

Ivan Toney's 74th-minute goal earned the Bees a 1-1 draw against the Premier League leaders, despite Christian Norgaard being offside as he crossed for the striker to score, with the PGMOL admitting it was a "human error" to allow the goal as Mason forgot to draw the offside lines on the midfielder.

As a result of the error, Mason has been dropped from his VAR duties for this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures - the second time he has received this punishment after disallowing Newcastle a goal against Crystal Palace in September.

Arteta said the blunder "cost Arsenal two points" in their Premier League title race - with Manchester City cutting the gap to the first-placed Gunners to three points a day later. Both Arsenal and City face each other on Wednesday night in a huge title showdown at the Emirates Stadium.

"We ended the [Brentford] game, after analysing it with the evidence and images, with a huge anger and disappointment," said Arteta in his pre-match press conference for the City game

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