‘I don’t understand’: Rio Ferdinand feels sorry for £30m Arsenal player
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'I don't understand': Rio Ferdinand feels sorry for £30m Arsenal player

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard cut a frustrated figure when he came off in Saturday’s meeting with Manchester City.

The first half at the Emirates Stadium saw the Gunners produce some of their finest football of the campaign.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 31st minute, rifling home from Kieran Tierney’s cross.

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However, it could’ve been 2-0 at that point, as the referee turned down a solid penalty appeal earlier on in the game.

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Odegaard went down down under a challenge from Ederson. However, Stuart Attwell waved away the Arsenal appeals.

VAR Jarred Gillett looked at the incident but decided to stay with the on-field decision.

And replays of the incident at half-time clearly showed Ederson making contact with Odegaard before the ball.

Rio Ferdinand felt sorry for the £30million man, believing he really should’ve had a penalty.

“With VAR, I don’t understand how this was not given,” he said on BT Sport 1 (1:31pm, January 1, 2022).

“In slow motion there, it’s clear and obvious there.”

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Then, in the second half, Granit Xhaka brought Bernardo Silva down in the Arsenal area.

Once again, Attwell didn’t give the penalty on the field.

However, on this occasion, VAR did advise the referee to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor.

Attwell changed his decision, and Riyad Mahrez converted from 12 yards on 57 minutes to put the visitors level.

Things would get worse for Arsenal as they lost Gabriel Magalhaes to two yellow cards.

And late on, Rodri slotted past Aaron Ramsdale to cruelly leave the Gunners empty-handed.

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