According to former striker Ian Wright, Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard have been wrong to complain that referee Paul Tierney failed to recognize Gabriel Martinelli’s Arsenal goal against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners thought they had taken the lead at Old Trafford when Brazil striker Martinelli found the net, but after consulting the pitchside monitor on the advice of the video assistant referee, Tierney Odegaard’s pressure kept off Christian Eriksen, who recovered the ball saw, correct enough to be counted as a foul.
The goal was ruled out and United suddenly took the lead through new signing Antony, Marcus Rashford then scoring twice to secure the three points after Bukayo Saka briefly leveled for the away side.
Manager Arteta and captain Odegaard expressed their displeasure with the decision in their post-match interviews, complaining that the challenge was too soft to be counted as a foul.
But Wright, who scored 185 goals in seven years for Arsenal in the 1990s, disagrees with either man.
“In my day, people will sit there and say oh [it wouldn’t be given]’ Wright said on Match on the Day 2. ‘Today that’s a foul. I didn’t see the bit because I was so looking forward to this bit [Martinelli’s finish]. But when I saw it [the replay] I immediately thought that they will give that.
The VAR system drew plenty of criticism over the weekend as both West Ham United and Aston Villa ruled out seemingly valid goals following interventions in their respective games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
But for Wright, VAR shouldn’t have been needed to deny the Martinelli goal.
“Although they [VAR] had a complete nightmare on saturday, i couldn’t imagine they didn’t give that. I don’t think he needed to go to VAR for that, he should have seen that straight away.
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