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VAR controversy as Gabriel Martinelli has goal ruled out for Arsenal against Manchester United

Rory O'Callaghan

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VAR controversy as Gabriel Martinelli has goal ruled out for Arsenal against Manchester United

Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli had a goal against Manchester United controversially ruled out after a VAR review.

Martinelli finished off a blistering counterattack in the 12th minute of Sunday's Premier League match at Old Trafford.

But referee Paul Tierney ruled the goal out after VAR instructed him to consult the pitchside monitor.

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The goal was chalked off after Tierney judged Martin Odegaard to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up.

The decision has proved controversial, with some Arsenal supporters believing it should have been awarded.

"If it takes that long how is it 'clear and obvious'," wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another added: "That was never a foul, this ref is against us."

However, others believe Tierney was right to disallow the goal.

"To be fair it's a foul," wrote one Arsenal supporter.

United's new signing Antony was making his debut for the Red Devils, following his £85m move from Ajax.

He was involved in a promising moment early in the game - back-heeling the ball to Diogo Dalot, who found Eriksen with a cross at the back post.

But the Denmark international could only volley his shot narrowly wide.

William Saliba then missed a good chance for Arsenal, firing over the bar from eight yards out, before Aaron Ramsdale saved well Jadon Sancho as both sides pushed for the opening goal.

After Martinelli saw his goal ruled out, he went close again but his near post shot was blocked with his feet by United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Brazilian went close again minutes later with a header but De Gea denied him for a second time.

Arsenal were made to pay in the 35th minute of the match when Antony scored a dream goal on his United debut.

After latching on to a through ball from Marcus Rashford, Antony kept his composure to curl the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to give the home side a half-time lead.

Speaking at half-time, Sky Sports pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said he believed Martinelli's goal should have stood.

"You don't have to touch the ball," said Hasselbaink, referring to the foul given against Odegaard.

"He's not kicked the player, he's just come in contact with him. That is allowed. That is what they want – they want football to be more flowing.

"Why is that a free-kick?"

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester United, Arsenal, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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