MIKE DEAN was left bemused after VAR overruled his decision not to award Arsenal a penalty.
The referee did not penalise Craig Dawson after he collided with Alexandre Lacazette in just the second minute.
But after the decision was looked at by VAR, Dean was overruled and Arsenal were given the chance to open the lead from 12 yards.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted from the spot but it was Dean’s reaction to his decision being reversed that had people talking.
One said: “Mike Dean’s face when he’s overruled by VAR and HAS to give Arsenal a penalty is all time iconic image.”
Another said: “How gutted was Mike Dean to have to give that.”
One added: “You could literally see the disappointment on Mike Dean’s face when VAR forced him to award us a stonewall penalty.”
Mike Dean’s face when he’s overruled by VAR and HAS to give Arsenal a penalty is all time iconic image.
It’s also why I’d take Xhaka off at half-time, he’s on a yellow and we all know this scraggy looking ref fucker would love to be the story of the day. pic.twitter.com/5qy5UlebJh
You could literally see the disappointment on Mike Dean’s face when VAR forced him to award us a stonewall penalty loool.
Mike dean face when he had to give the pen 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/U6DiLHUYNi
Mike Dean forced to give Arsenal a stonewall penalty #afc pic.twitter.com/XNvktJcEZf
How gutted was Mike Dean to have to give that 🤣🤣
Mike Dean shaking his head because he was wrong? English officials for you.
Arsenal raced into a three goal lead before half-time after an Aubameyang double and Kieran Tierney.
But Troy Deeney pulled one back before half-time and ex-Gunner Danny Welbeck put Watford within touching distance of a draw.
Arsenal held out for three points as they finished eight in the league – but the Hornets were relegated.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “I feel very sorry for them. They were unlucky today.
“They’re neighbours with us, around the training ground, they’re very local. It must be really hard.They tried to the last minute.
“You could see how much they wanted it.
“Hopefully they’ll be back next season in the Premier League because I know how touched the players and the club should be with that result.”