'For me': Dermot Gallagher now shares whether Arsenal's goal against Manchester United should really have been ruled out
Dermot Gallagher has been speaking to Sky Sports today and shared whether he thinks Arsenal’s goal against Manchester United should really have been ruled out.
The Gunners fell to their first defeat of the Premier League campaign after a 3-1 loss at Old Trafford yesterday.
Mikel Arteta’s men largely dominated the game in terms of possession but were undone by United on the counter-attack.
And despite a slow start from Arsenal, they thought they had taken the lead through Gabriel Martinelli in the 12th minute.
But referee Paul Tierney was then asked to review the goal by VAR and it was chalked off due to a foul by Martin Odegaard on Christian Eriksen.
And now former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has said that Tierney made the correct decision.
Gallagher shares whether Arsenal’s goal should have been ruled out
Gallagher told Sky Sports News: “It was for me. I thought it was a foul during play and the VAR checked it, I was quite confident they would overturn that. He was sent to the monitor and they overturned it.
“Once Paul Tierney was sent to the monitor and he sees that push and the lower body, I think he’s always going to give a foul.
“Also it’s very early in the attacking play, they got the ball and it transferred very quickly so there was no chance to reset.”
It seemed like a harsh decision to overturn the goal, especially after Tierney initially didn’t call the foul.
Regardless of the early decision, Arsenal will be disappointed to have not come away with a result after a decent performance.
The Gunners got themselves back into the game after Bukayo Saka levelled things up in the second-half. But a brace from Marcus Rashford ended Arteta’s flawless start.
We’ll never know how the game would have played out if Arsenal were awarded the early goal. But Arteta will be hoping his young side can bounce back this week as they kick-off their Europa League campaign on Thursday.
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