On Match of the Day 2 on BBC One, Ian Wright stated that Gabriel Martinelli’s goal for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal against Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday was correctly disallowed.
According to the Arsenal legend, Arsenal playmaker Martin Odegaard’s challenge on Manchester United offensive midfielder Christian Eriksen was a foul in the build-up to the disallowed goal.
Eriksen, a former Tottenham Hotspur player, was tripped by Norway international offensive midfielder Odegaard just inside the Arsenal half.
Bukayo Saka sent Brazilian attacker Martinelli through, and he wonderfully flicked the ball past United goalkeeper David de Gea.
It was a spectacular goal, but it was disallowed.
Referee Paul Tierney chose to deny the goal after VAR urged him to check at the pitch-side monitor.
Arsenal legend Wright stated that VAR would rule out Martinelli’s goal, pointing out that they had failed to make the correct choices during Chelsea’s match against West Ham United and Newcastle United’s match against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI’S DISALLOWED GOAL FOR ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED BY IAN WRIGHT
“In this day and age, that’s a foul,” Wright remarked. When I saw it, even though they had a full nightmare yesterday, VAR, I couldn’t see them not delivering that.”