Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had accepted that Alexandre Lacazette’s goal was to be ruled out before VAR overturned the decision.
Mesut Ozil had been judged to be offside in the build-up to the goal with Lacazette eventually slotting home.
After a lengthy delay, VAR determined that Ozil was actually onside and Lacazette’s goal stood with the Gunners beating West Ham 1-0.
But Arteta was already thinking about the game restarting before VAR overturned the offside decision.
“When the goal was disallowed I though ‘Okay, that’s fine’ then my staff came from the bench and said it’s a goal,” Arteta said.
“But then it dragged for two-three minutes and then I wasn’t very positive about the outcome. So, I’m very pleased with VAR tonight!
“I don’t believe a lot in fortune. We had the moments of luck that we needed but as well it was because we had some really good individual performances at the back.
“Sometimes to clear the ball, sometimes to make a save. I’m really happy with the result because big teams find a way.
“When they don’t have the best day – which is obvious that it wasn’t our best day in terms of performance – they find a way to win it and you can build from there and learn and take the positives and the negatives in a much better way.
“But the unity, solidarity and desire of the players are showing, at the end it pays a price, it didn’t pay a price a few days ago against Olympiacos here but it did today and football is like this.”
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Lacazette had come off the bench to score the winner at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
The French striker said: “I’m happy to score for the team. We worked hard. It was a difficult game. I’m happy.
“It is my job to give the manager a big headache. I’m struggling to make the first team but I’m happy to score again today.
“I know that now I have to play well again the next game. Everyone wants to give their best and it’s normal that whenever we do that we will perform as a team.”
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