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'We've seen': Gary Neville claims £30m Arsenal player was constantly 'chasing' the referee at Old Trafford yesterday
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'We've seen': Gary Neville claims £30m Arsenal player was constantly 'chasing' the referee at Old Trafford yesterday

Gary Neville claims Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was constantly ‘chasing’ the referee at Old Trafford yesterday. 

Xhaka has become an important player under Mikel Arteta after making the switch from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee worth around £30 million back in 2016 (Sky Sports). 

And despite being stripped of the captain’s armband after a controversial outburst towards his own fans back in 2019, he’s revived his Arsenal career under Arteta. 

The Gunners fell to their first defeat of the Premier League season yesterday after a 3-1 loss to Manchester United. 

Neville has spoken on the Gary Neville podcast after the game and claims to have seen Xhaka constantly chasing the referee during the game. 

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Neville claims Xhaka was ‘chasing’ referee 

“You can put pressure on a big stadium on a referee,” Neville said. 

“We’ve seen Arsenal players today and Manchester United players haranguing referees and officials. 

“Xhaka at times, [Bruno] Fernandes in particular. Those two have been chasing down Paul Tierney for most of the match. That will happen.” 

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Xhaka was clearly putting pressure on the referee during the game and he wasn’t alone, according to Neville. 

One decision in the game came under scrutiny as Arsenal had an early goal ruled out by VAR. 

Gabriel Martinelli had the ball in the back of the net but Martin Odegaard was judged to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up. 

United went on to take the lead through Antony and the Gunners would have felt aggrieved going into half-time. 

Bukayo Saka did level the game up in the 60th minute but Erik Ten Hag’s men scored two goals in 15 minutes. 

And the brace from Marcus Rashford handed United a 3-1 win as Arsenal’s flawless record came to an end. 

The goal Arsenal had ruled out did seem to be a slightly harsh decision and the Gunners will feel disappointed to have not come away with a result after playing so well.

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