Former referee explains Gabriel Martinelli VAR verdict in Man Utd vs Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli scored the first goal for Arsenal against Manchester United, but the goal was taken away by VAR.
Gabriel Martinelli scored the first goal for Arsenal against Manchester United, but the goal was taken away by VAR.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the first goal for Arsenal against Manchester United, but the goal was taken away by VAR. The Gunners went on to lose the game 3-1.

Arsenal’s perfect start to the Premier League season ended on Sunday when they lost 3-1 at Old Trafford to Manchester United.

The Gunners had been ahead for most of the game against United, and they thought Gabriel Martinelli had given them the lead in the first half. VAR stepped in and sent the referee on the field, Paul Tierney, to the monitor when it looked like Martin Odegaard might have fouled Christian Eriksen before the goal.

A lot of people have talked about whether or not it was a foul by the Gunners’ club captain, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright agrees with VAR’s decision to take the goal away. During his press conference after the game, Mikel Arteta asked the officials to be more consistent.

Dermot Gallagher, a former Premier League referee, talked about why Martinelli’s goal was taken away on the Ref Watch show on Sky Sports. Gallagher said: “I thought it was a foul during play, and when the VAR checked it, I was pretty sure they would overturn it. I sent him to the monitor, and he did.

“I think that Paul Tierney will always call a foul once he looks at the monitor and sees that push and the lower body. Also it’s very early in the attacking process when they got the ball and transferred very quickly so there was no time to reset.”

Roy Keane said that Odegaard’s hit on Eriksen was “soft,” but it was still a foul. Keane said this during Sky Sports’ coverage of the match at Old Trafford: “Yes, of course it’s soft. Odegaard doesn’t touch the ball, which helps United.

“We must have played back in a different time. In our time, it’s not a foul, but the way the game is going… When they are touched, they stay down. I don’t like to see it. I guess that’s a foul.”

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