Mike Dean’s reaction to VAR overruling Arsenal penalty decision

Referee Mike Dean did not look happy after VAR overruled him and awarded Arsenal an early penalty in their 3-2 win over Watford.

Hornets defender Craig Dawson tangled with Alexandre Lacazette in the box in the second minute and Dean initially waved play on.

However, after a lengthy VAR review, Dean’s decision was overruled and a spot kick was given which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang duly slotted past Ben Foster.

But Dean made his feelings known about the VAR decision, with the TV cameras capturing his surprised expression when he was told to award the penalty.

Arsenal did go 3-0 up in the first-half, through left-back Kieran Tierney and a second from Aubameyang.

Mike Dean made his thoughts clear when VAR overturned his decision not to award Arsenal a penalty
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The goals looked to have sealed Watford’s fate and condemn them to relegation but they stage a late comeback.

Captain Troy Deeney scored a penalty of his own on the rink of half-time before former Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck added a second in the 66th minute.

Ultimately, Arsenal held on to win 3-2 and Watford were relegated to the Championship.

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Aubameyang scored the resulting spot kick
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“I will take the stick on social media but the harsh reality is people will lose their jobs because we haven’t been good enough.

“As a club and as a community we will go again….