• Lee Mason failed to spot offside in buildup to Brentford goal
  • ‘That costs Arsenal two points that aren’t going to be restored’

Mikel Arteta has accused the VAR official Lee Mason of not understanding his job as the ramifications of a missed offside that could prove costly to Arsenal’s title challenge rumble on.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford on Saturday but the Bees’ equaliser, scored by Ivan Toney, should not have stood because Christian Nørgaard was offside during the buildup. Mason, a former referee who became a dedicated VAR last season, did not investigate the relevant passage of play and has been stood down for this weekend’s fixtures.

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